By John Smith • 31 October 2016 • 8:48
Meeting in London
THE Minister for Environment and Climate Change Dr John Cortes hosted a meeting in Gibraltar House, London which was attended by senior representatives of some of the largest and most influential environmental organisations in the UK.
The meeting was an initiative by the Gibraltar Government to share information on challenges that Gibraltar and the U.K. have in common in order to coordinate work that aims at ensuring that environmental protection and biodiversity do not suffer post-Brexit.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the National Trust, the Wildlife Trust, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the U.K. Overseas Territories’ Conservation Forum.
The National Trust for Scotland and the Green Alliance were not able to attend but will be involved in the process.
The Gibraltar position was presented by Dr Liesl Mesilio-Torres, CEO and Chief Scientist of the Department of the Environment and Climate Change, and there was wide discussion on challenges and possibilities. Contact between the groups will continue and further meetings are planned.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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