Virtual Tours: Montserrat
The Full Tour
Features of Natural Interest
Features of Other Interest, including Cultural
Threats / Problems / Issues
Projects / Conservation Actions
Organisations and Links
Tour Selection
Threats / Problems / Issues

Volcano: Since the volcanic eruptions (1997 onwards) destroyed the  capital at Plymouth, the natural areas around the Soufriere Hills, and ruined a vibrant economy, Montserratians have worked hard (with support from UK Government and other international partners) to re-establish their culture, wildlife and economy. The challenges continue, with over two thirds of the island inaccessible, and a current population level less than half the number before the volcano. However, the ongoing development of a new capital at Little Bay, better access for visitors via the ferry to Antigua, and the development of an ecotourism industry (amongst other environmental projects cited elsewhere in this virtual tour) show that Montserrat is on the way up.  The volcano, however, is still active and unpredictable, but the northern part of the island is perfectly safe.

Slopes of the volcano showing forest destruction.

© Dr Mike Pienkowski
(Threats / Problems / Issues, 4 of 4 - Slide ref. 458)