April 3, 2009

Cayman’s Blues get room to roam

Cayman’s endangered Blue Iguanas will have more room to roam, thanks to a commitment by the Cayman Islands Government.

The government has just formally committed to protecting almost 200 acres of Crown land in the east interior of Grand Cayman, through a 99-year peppercorn lease to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

The decision by Cabinet is linked to a European Union grant to the National Trust, for managing this area to conserve Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas in the wild, along with their unique shrubland habitat. The grant also focuses on developing sustainable, low-impact nature tourism, education and recreation with a visitor centre and trail system.

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