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Virgin Islands Birds Of Paradise Management Programme Launched

Participants of the Virgin Islands Birds of Paradise Management Programme workshop experience a field excursion on November 12 geared towards hands-on experience in bird identification and habitat preservation. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Conservation and Fisheries Department, through funding provided by the Overseas Territories Programme Fund (OTPF) within the Governor’s Office, facilitated a three-day workshop, which functioned as the platform to launch the Virgin Islands Birds of Paradise Management Programme.
The workshop, which was held from November 11 to 13, aimed at introducing the programme to various Government officers, conservationists and persons interested in bird monitoring. The Programme’s mission is to ensure a stable and self-sustaining bird population by coordinating conservation efforts at local and regional levels by 2030.

Environmental Officer, Ms. Pearline George, said that the initiative is a collaborative effort between the Conservation and Fisheries Department, the National Parks Trust and the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society with “many thanks to the Governor’s Office for their role in funding the workshop through theOverseas Territories Programme Fund.”

“I am very excited to see the efforts made by persons who truly care for our environment and our habitats. Birds are excellent indicators of environmental health so it is of great importance that we make every effort to preserve the natural habitats of these essential creatures,” she said.

She later noted that “bird monitoring” was something that the department had practiced for several years, but she was grateful for “the inspired evolution of this task.” 

The objectives of the Programme include; conserving and restoring the distribution, diversity and abundance of birds and their habitats through effective monitoring; to establish and implement proper guidelines to conduct bird monitoring activities in the British Virgin Islands and to sensitise the public on the importance of birds in the British Virgin Islands through outreach programmes.

Workshop facilitators included Dr. Louise Soanes, Mrs. Nancy Pascoe, Ms. Susan Zaluski, Mr. Clive Petrovic, Ms. Atoya George and Mrs. Tessa Smith-Claxton.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour strives to effectively manage and administer the Territory’s natural resources in a manner that ensures long-term sustainability.

1 Response to “Virgin Islands Birds Of Paradise Management Programme Launched”

  • Barbara (22/11/2013, 13:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A nice couple down Josiah's bay on the pond had a wonderful bird sanctuary with a lot of different birds and I enjoyed it immensely. Conservation and Fisheries, Tourist board, officials all visited one time or another but never backed them. They tried doing it on their own but the cost of buying food, giving lectures to school children etc was not being supported. To me, they had the largest amount of birds in the entire BVI. They have now closed and this breaks my heart. They are Locals who were never supported. What is wrong with this picture? Conservation and Fisheries is not really interested in Nature's Little Secrets. You allowed a GEM get lost.

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