Our environmental programme was founded on the concept that the protection of native plants and animals is best achieved by protecting the natural areas on which they depend. Similarly, maintaining natural processes such as groundwater, marine life and ecotourism attractions require the protection of large natural areas.

For these reasons, our first priority for Cayman’s natural environment is the establishment of a system of protected areas.


Setting priorities for the acquisition of protected areas and managing them once they are acquired requires scientific information about our natural environment. A detailed survey of our remaining dry forests has been a focus since 1997 with the launch of the Biodiversity Survey, together with ongoing environmental research facilitated by our Visiting Scientists Programme.

This research forms the basis of our decision-making in terms of which plant and animal species, as well as the environmental sites in which they live, are most in need of protection.