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MINISTRY, KEY AGENCIES COLLABORATE FOR IGUANA CONSERVATION

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MINISTRY, KEY AGENCIES COLLABORATE FOR IGUANA CONSERVATION

 

Iguana conservation and sustainable management in the Turks & Caicos Islands are making significant strides through valuable partnerships as demonstrated at the Turks & Caicos Iguana Conservation Workshop held from July 16th to 18th, 2019 at Ocean Club in Providenciales. 

 

Over the three days, a wide range of challenges facing TCI’s iguanas were discussed, as well as communicating and celebrating the successes made since the previous plan. Three key themes were discussed: (1) the overarching Species Action Plan, (2) Biosecurity and invasive species and (3) Ecotourism and Education.

 

On the last day of the workshop, participants went to Little Water Cay and Half Moon Bay for an informative field trip where they saw some of the challenges first hand.

 

The next steps will be to pull together all of the key information gathered into a working Species Action Plan, which will be endorsed by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Iguana Specialist Group. This will be used to direct and prioritise future conservation action.

 

The workshop steered lots of interesting and informative conversations among the different partners and stakeholders in TCI about the future direction for the conservation of TCI’s unique iguanas. Facilitators highlighted the power of working together to achieve more, as it is essential for achieving this conservation ambition.

 

This workshop was part of the Saving the Iguana Islands of the Turks and Caicos project, a partnership between Turks & Caicos National Trust, the Department for Environment and Coastal Resources, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Health Department, Ambergris Cay Facilities Ltd, RSPB, San Diego Zoo and Wildlife Management International Ltd and was funded by the Darwin Initiative.

 

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