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Protected areas

Our protected area obligations and legislation

Antigua & Barbuda is a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and should therefore be implementing the agreed text of the convention and as described in the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP) for Antigua and Barbuda. A key aspect is the implementation of Protected Areas.

Unfortunately, we have very little time to take action. The rate of habitat destruction has dramatically increased in the last few years and many areas such as our National Park and Body Ponds will be beyond saving unless action is taken now.

The definition of a protected area adopted by the IUCN is:

An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means.

The EAG has done extensive field work and research and has produced recommendations on protected areas in the mainland of Antigua. See our Reports. Further work on Barbuda, Redonda and the offshore islands is planned.

The following is by no means comprehensive, but, based on our research, the following represents the most important and endangered areas in Antigua’s mainland needing urgent protection. See our Reports for more details.

· All remaining mangrove coastal areas

· Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

· Body Ponds

· Fig Tree Drive and Wallings

· Sugar Loaf

· Forest on Stones

· Fitches Creek

· Rendezvous and Doigs

· Ayers Creek and Black Ghaut

· Rooms and Seatons coast

· Shekerley Mountains (Mount Obama, Christian Valley and surrounding hills)

· Sleeping Indian (Saddle Hill and 2 surrounding hills)

It is hoped that every effort will be made by Government with the support of communities and NGOs to protect these fragile and threatened environments for the sake of our people, visitors and tourists to these islands and for our children who should not be denied their right to enjoy nature as a result of our indiscriminate destruction of the environment.