It’s good to see that yesterday a consultation was launched on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Island Strategy 2016-2020 to ‘stakeholders and interested parties’.
I responded to an earlier consultation on the seas around South Georgia and I will be reading this strategy closely.
There are no permanent or indigenous inhabitants of the land in question and so, as a British taxpayer, I regard myself as a pretty major stakeholder in all that happens there. Certainly, I assume that if a bunch of Argentinians turn up on South Georgia again I will be expected to act like a stakeholder – ‘leo terram propriam protegat’ (‘may the lion protect his own land‘) as we always say.
On a quick read through the consultation, it seems that the UK political parties are a bit further ahead on their views for strong marine protected areas than the consultation paper. No doubt, many of us will make that point when we respond to the consultation.
Watch this space for more on this topic.