Would a self-standing Environment Department be a better long term guarantor of the Islands unique UNESCO biosphere status? I’ve asked Chief Minister Howard Quayle for his views (see below):
“The Chief Minister
Hon Howard Quayle MHK
℅ Government Offices
Isle of Man
Dear Chief Minister,
In view of the Islands unique biosphere status granted by the United Nations and which the Manx government has pledged to protect do you not believe it would be useful to have a separate ‘Department for the Environment; rather than have it included as part of an existing Department (DEFA) which may have commendable but competing priorities.
Obviously a self standing Department of this type need not be costly or overlarge and it would have the advantage of demonstrating to UNESCO that the Manx government and people are determined to ensure the long term integrity of the Manx environment and thereby retain biosphere status as and when it is reviewed by the UN.
It could also ensure the Isle of Man met or even exceeded its obligations in respect of international climate change objectives.
J B Moffatt
Asst General Secretary
pp Celtic League
cc Minister Thomas (Policy and Reform)
Minister Boot (DEFA)”