Dart Business Development President Jackie Doak called for a national environmental management framework to “provide clear direction on how land can be developed, managed and protected” going forward .
Doak, speaking at the Chamber of Commerce legislative lunch on Thursday, argued that the lack of a national plan created confusion and contributed to “unnecessary polarization” in the community.
She said the divisions within Cayman may seem more intense than they actually are, arguing that the majority of the community has the same sustainable development goal for the islands.
She said there are very sensitive Cayman habitats that need to be protected, but also lands that could be developed for the benefit of all.
Doak added that a management framework would help create greater clarity around lands that fall between those two extremes.
“We are not just a developer in the Cayman Islands, we are committed to the sustainability of these islands,” she said.
“We believe that an environmental management framework would help balance the environmental, social and economic interests of the country.
Respond to questions raised in the community about “for whom are we developing?” She said Dart also asked, “who are we investing in?”
She said the company is investing in Cayman’s future and providing opportunities for “shared prosperity” in the community.
Doak added that Dart takes a sustainable approach to development, taking into account future and current generations. She said government and the private sector must work together in the best interests of the islands, and Dart is ready to play her part.
Although the company has been financially affected by the pandemic, it said it has a long-term commitment to the Caymans and has been and will continue to be an economic engine for the country during a recession.
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