The Government of Anguilla has officially become the latest member to join the United Kingdom’s Ocean Conservation Programme Blue Belt initiative.
The Rt. Hon. Minister Quincia Gumbs Marie, Minister of Sustainability, Innovation & the Environment, made the announcement at the Blue Belt ceremony during the official visit of the UK Minister for the Overseas Territories, the Rt. Hon. Lord Goldsmith.
The UK’s Ocean Conservation Programme Blue Belt initiative seeks to steer progress by addressing the greatest challenges facing the world’s oceans today — coastal management, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution. Anguilla’s participation in this initiative will seek to respond to marine challenges, manage their coastal and marine resources to spur economic growth and reduce poverty, while adapting to the effects of climate change.
The announcement was accompanied by a conservation tour of the island, attended by several dignitaries and prominent figures, including the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
By joining the Blue Belt initiative, Anguilla demonstrates her commitment to biodiversity, the Blue Economy and sustainable management of its marine resources, as she aims to become the most sustainable island in the region.
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