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February 2016

Island Resources Foundaation

Island Resources Foundation

Tortola in the Limelight


From history to the environment, Judith Towle and colleagues at the Island Resources Foundation profile an island with many facets

By Julian Putley

In 1972, IRF’s founder, Edward Towle, wrote in the Foundation’s organizing prospectus: "Within a small island, no problem or area of study can stand by itself, no piece of life remains isolated; every living and non-living thing forms an integral part of a structured whole. Similarly, an island chain is a delicate and fragile network representing a set of highly interdependent relationships – island to island, system to sub-system and island to sea."

An early advocate for the incorporation of environmental principles in island development, the Island Resource Foundation (IRF) has been involved in comprehensive studies of the British Virgin Islands since 1976, when it prepared the first environmental guidelines for BVI development. The foundation was created by the late Dr Edward Towle in 1972 and by the end of the 1990s the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) had partnered closely with the IRF to execute several long-term programs in the BVI.

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