An environmental group said yesterday it wanted to work more closely with other organisations as part of a new strategy to help protect nature.

The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce added it had also reorganised its management structure and looked at how to work more efficiently.

Kim Smith, the organisation’s executive director, said: “There are nearly 50 environmental groups of various sizes in Bermuda.

“Groups of people trying to make a difference and perhaps feeling they are alone in the fight.

“BEST wants to find ways to join forces with these groups to gain greater impact in resolving environmental issues, including influencing policy, so we are not putting out the same fires year after year and therefore able to focus on new ones.”

A spokeswoman added: “When BEST’s founder and driving force, the much-loved and respected Stuart Hayward, stepped down due to poor health more than a year ago, the organisation quickly recognised the need to evolve its original practices.

“A strong sense of direction had become challenging without its founder and BEST discovered many characteristics of the organisation no longer worked.

“Demand for BEST’s work continued to increase while the staff of one, along with their dedicated volunteers, were finding it difficult to meet the growing demand, especially against the backdrop of dwindling donor funding.”

The spokeswoman said BEST planned to hold “exploratory” talks with other groups this month.

She added: “Best looks forward to participating in a more united effort, making Bermuda’s delicate environment a priority for all residents.”

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