Statement by the Honourable Turnbull on the Unauthorised Use of Beaches in the Territory

Thursday, 26 January 2023 - 5:34pm

Madam Speaker, I rise to address the important and concerning issue of a significant increase in the unauthorised use of beaches in the Territory. Beaches are arguably BVI’s most important asset, contributing significantly to our quality of life as residents and to our economy.

Statement by Honourable Turnbull on Grant from the European Union

Thursday, 26 January 2023 - 5:24pm

Madam Speaker, today I am pleased to further highlight recent developments within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour pertaining to funding. The Ministry is in receipt of a grant from the European Union and their partners Expertise France in the amount of 927,890 Euros or approximately $965,000 US dollars through the Overseas Countries and Territories’ Resilience, Sustainable Energy, and Marine Biodiversity Programme - RESEMBID.

Water Quality Monitoring Programme To Be Strenghtened

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 - 1:04pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour has received a €927,980 (approx. $933,189) grant from the European Union (EU) through Expertise France to improve the water quality testing capabilities in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Statement By Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull On The University Of Southampton Deepens Partnership With The BVI Government

Thursday, 17 November 2022 - 3:17pm

The advocacy continues at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.

As Minister, I continue to seek to solidify the BVI’s partnerships across various sectors.

BVI Launches Comprehensive Soil Study

Wednesday, 9 November 2022 - 4:00pm

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will be carrying out a study of soils throughout the Territory as part of a Darwin Plus-funded research project launched this week.

Permit Required For Endangered Species Of Flora And Fauna

Thursday, 3 November 2022 - 12:00pm

Permits are now required to enter or leave the Territory with endangered species of wild fauna and flora and their by-products.

Statement by the Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull - Removal of Sand from Beaches

Friday, 28 October 2022 - 2:50pm

Madam Speaker, we live in a geographic location that grants us certain privileges which others must travel or relocate to experience.  Our 60 islands and cays, to which we have ample access, are all surrounded by beautiful white sand.  I also recognise that because sand is so readily available, persons may not just use it for their enjoyment, but also for other purposes and that is what I need to urgently address in this sitting. 

Removal Of Sand From Territory’s Beaches Is An Offence

Friday, 21 October 2022 - 4:47pm

Residents of the Virgin Islands are reminded that in accordance with the Beach Protection Ordinance CAP 233. 1985, it is illegal to carry out sand mining activities at the Territory’s beaches.

Upcoming Meetings On Long Bay Beach Management Plan

Monday, 10 October 2022 - 5:04pm

The public is notified that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour will be hosting two meetings this week to further discuss the Long Bay, Beef Island Beach Management Plan.

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