Anguilla recognizes that sustainability is not only a major consideration for today’s travelers, it is also essential to the island’s survival as a premier destination. Anguilla aims to become the most sustainable island in the region.

There are a wide variety of sustainable initiatives currently underway, a sampling of which are listed below.

Food Security & Nutrition

Anguilla is investing in health and wellness and promoting social development through food security and nutrition to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases. This starts in the schools, educating students and changing behaviour though the use of hydroponic systems. At home, aquaponic systems are being introduced in residential communities across the island as an alternative method of rearing and harvesting fish and vegetables.

Promoting Gender Equity

Promoting gender equity and women’s empowerment is an important goal, with a particular emphasis on fields where women are underrepresented.A prime example is boosting women’s participation in farming, by providing capacity training and making them beneficiaries of shade houses.

Mitigating Climate Change

The government has established the Anguilla Renewable Energy Advisory Service (a unit created within the Department of Natural Resources) to mitigate and adapt to climate change impact by implementing sustainable energy sources.This unit is tasked with addressing the decarbonization pathway for Anguilla.

Among the initiates being implemented are a series of tax incentives for the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrids and the design of a green bloc with an EV charging station.As the government transitions to becoming more energy efficient the focus is on increasing the use of renewable energy.

Protecting Biodiversity

Protecting the island’s biodiversity involves mitigating the impacts of invasive plant and animal species.In collaboration with the Anguilla National Trust, efforts are underway to identify and remove plants and animals that are harmful to Anguilla’s natural environment and the agriculture/fishing sector.

Developing the Blue Economy

Anguilla is committed to promoting the sustained and sustainable use of the blue economy to improve the governance of marine and coastal ecosystems, achieve equal economic opportunities and restore and conserve biodiversity.

In February 2023 Anguilla joined the Blue Belt Initiative, the United Kingdom’s Ocean Conservation Programme. The Blue Belt initiative seeks to address the greatest challenges facing the world’s oceans today – coastal management, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution.

The administration has since introduced legislation to allow for the sustainable management of its marine resources, increased product offerings (motorized water sports) and related job creation. Additional legislative changes allow for expanding the type of fish licenses, marine parks management, and improved resource availability for recreational use, monitoring and enforcement.

Developing the Blue Economy

The Ministry of Sustainability, Innovation and the Environment (MIS), launched an Environmental Stewardship Programme to encourage tourism-based businesses to become beacons of sustainability by integrating climate and environmental consciousness into their everyday operations.

This public/private sector partnership is also creating national green spaces that provide a clean and safe location for relaxation and reflection.

Look for the gold, silver, or bronze Environmental Steward Seal of Approval, designating establishments that are a model of marine and terrestrial environmental sustainability, awarded to businesses that successfully participate in the programme.