Tynwald approves biodiversity strategy

Last week Tynwald has unanimously approved the Island’s first Biodiversity Strategy. It was said that the priority is in working WITH people instead of giving orders/instructions.

Various problems were described:

  • decline in wetland habitat,
  • new farmland threatening some of the last wild areas
  • the poor state of the uplands
  • reforestation with alien species instead of local ones
  • reckless motor bikers damaging green lanes

A good number of speakers supported verbally the bill and demanding even stronger action, Kathleen Beecroft and Philip Gawne setting good examples. We wish all the MHKs much success in putting their words into action!