St Helena’s Biosecurity Policy (‘Biosecurity St Helena’) is now out for public consultation.

The document identifies the direction that Biosecurity intends to follow to help achieve sustainable development for St Helena. It forms part of a series of documents, which together will form the Biosecurity Development Framework. The policy covers all activities aimed at policing new species and managing their impacts once on Island.

It includes intentional, unintentional and illegal introductions, and focuses on pre-border, border and post-border activities designed to keep out new pests – central to SHG’s responsibility. It is important to hear the public’s views on the policy proposed by the Island’s biosecurity stakeholders.

To obtain a hard copy of ‘Biosecurity St Helena’ please call Darren Duncan or Dr Jill Key on tel: 24724. For an electronic copy please visit http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

The closing date for responses is 4pm on Friday 28 March 2014. Please let the Biosecurity policy team have your comments by submitting a completed consultation questionnaire (attached), e-mailing it to Darren Duncan darren-duncan@enrd.gov.sh or sending in a hard copy to the ANRD Office at Scotland.

To encourage the public to give their views, all submissions with name and address details will be entered into a prize draw. The first name drawn will receive a prize of £30.

SHG

25 March 2014

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