Madam Speaker, and Honourable Members of the Legislative
Assembly, I have the distinct pleasure today of announcing that the
implementation stage of the National Conservation Law, 2013 (the
NCL) has been formally initiated.
As Madam Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly will
recall, on 13 December 2013 the NCL was passed in this Honourable
House. Since that time, Government has been working and preparing
the way for the commencement of this law.
Madam Speaker on Tuesday, 9 September – Cabinet approved
the commencement of Parts 1 and 2, and also Schedule 2, of the NCL.
The Commencement Order has been published and comes into effect
In short, Madam Speaker, by commencing these Parts and Schedule
of the NCL, Government is taking the next steps in the preparatory
work being done, which will allow the rest of the Law to be
commenced as smoothly as possible.
Madam Speaker, Part 1 of the NCL provides definitions of the key
terms and phrases that will be used to interpret the Law. Part 2
and Schedule 2 are administrative, and primarily establish the
composition of the National Conservation Council and detail its
role and functions. Commencing these two parts of the Law has
enabled the Council to be formalised and will allow it to begin
considering the specifics of how it will discharge its duties under
the Law, particularly in respect of the procedures that will need
to followed by entities consulting with the Council pursuant to
section 41 (3) of the Law.
Another priority matter for the Council will be to produce, in
consultation with the Department of Environment, the drafting
instructions for the Regulations, which will govern the
Environmental Impact Assessment process, as these Regulations will
need to be ready to be passed by Cabinet concurrent with the full
commencement of the Law. Whilst the Department of Environment has
already developed fairly detailed drafting instructions for the EIA
Regulations, the Council will need to have input before they are
finalised. Madam Speaker, the EIA Regulations are the only
Regulations that will need to be drafted after the Council has been
appointed. The other Regulations which will have to be passed
simultaneously with commencement of the full law have already been
drafted and are ready to be considered by Cabinet once the full law
is in effect.
These Regulations, the National Conservation (Species
Conservation) Regulations simply preserve those species protection
measures that were previously covered by either the Marine
Conservation Law which will be repealed in its entirety once the
NCL has been fully commenced or those specific sections of the
Animals Law which have been repealed by the amendment to the
Animals Law passed by this Honourable House at its last meeting.
All other Regulations made under the Marine Conservation Law will
be preserved and will carry forward as if they were Regulations
made under the National Conservation Law in accordance with the
transitional arrangements provided in Section 52 of the Law.
Madam Speaker, we expect the preparatory work of the Council to
take a few months. Once it is complete, Government will be in a
position to commence the remainder of the Law and bring it fully
into effect. I anticipate this to be by the end of this calendar
Madam Speaker, in terms of the National Conservation Council, I
am pleased to announce that the following appointments have also
been made by Cabinet in accordance with Schedule 2 of the NCL and
In terms of the District representatives we have Mr. Davey
Ebanks representing West Bay, Ms. Lisa-Ann Hurlston-McKenzie
representing George Town, Ms. Christine Rose-Smyth representing
Bodden Town and appointed also as Chairperson of the Council, Mr.
McFarlane Connolly representing East End, Mr. Brian Tomlinson
representing North Side and Mr. Wallace Platts representing Cayman
Brac and Little Cayman.
Madam Speaker the person nominated by the National Trust of the
Cayman Islands and approved by Cabinet is Mrs Christina Pineda and
the additional persons appointed to the Council are Mr. Fred Burton
and Ms. Patricia Bradley.
The additional persons comprising the thirteen member Council
are ex officio members.
I thank these members for agreeing to serve on this most
important body and I wish them well in the important work they will
be engaged in.
Thank you Madam Speaker.
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