JNCC publishes a quarterly newsletter to provide stakeholders
and interested parties with updates on the work
that we are undertaking in the UKOTs is If you
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Newsletters from individual Overseas Territories and Crown
Dependencies can be found on the webpages of each of the OTs and
CDs. Other organisations who provide cross-territory environmental
news can be found on the links
This page provides monthly highlights of JNCC's OT work.
- 11th July Overseas Territories Training and Research Steering
Group face to face meeting.
- 21st July OTBG meeting.
- 23rd June - Defra gap analysis workshop - Natural History
Museum - JNCC presentation.
- May 2015 quarterly newsletter number 15 available
- 5th May JNCC_OT workshop. More information available here>>
- Met with stakeholders including RSPB and SAERI
- 28th April OTTRSG quarterly
meeting - note here>>
- OTBG meeting held in London on the 20th March.
- Hosted Derek Henry from St. Helena – 26th
- Met with UKOTA in London – 26th March
- St. Helena Marine Mapping Darwin Project completion
- January 2015 quarterly newsletter Number 14 available
- October 2014 quarterly newsletter available
- JNCC_NGO Meeting held in London on the 12th September. Note
- Norman Glass from Tristan da Cunha
visited JNCC and met with colleagues getting advice and guidance on
a number of work areas.
- South Atlantic Overseas Territories June 2014 Workshop
report available online >>
- JNCC co-ordinated a South Atlantic
Overseas Territories Workshop hosted on Ascension by the
Ascension Island Government. The worskhop focussed on Sustainable
Fisheries, Marine Protected Areas, Action Planning and Seabird
- Overseas Territories Research and Training Steering Group
meeting held - meeting note available here>>
- The call for requests for contributions to research has been
issued. The deadline for submission of requests is 30th May 2014.
More information here>>
- Dr Eric Salamanca from TCI was recently funded to attend
the Second International Symposium on mangrove as Fish Habitat in
April 7-11 in Mazatlan, Mexico. The report can be found
- Unfortunately, for the current financial year (2014/15)
there is no funding availabe to support training or
participation. We will let you know if the situation
- 6th - Tara Pelembe and Anne
Saunders met with with stakeholders on the
Falklands visited JNCC-funded/supported work, and prepared for the
June regional south Atlantic workshop.
- The call for nominations for the 2013 Blue
Turtle Award is now out. Please note that the deadline
for submission of nominations has been extended
to Friday 28th March 2014.
- The pre-meeting
document drawn-up for the JNCC's Marine Protected Areas
workshop is now available to view. This meeting, held in
Peterborough on the 28th and 29th of November, was attended by
participants from across the UK Overseas Territories and Crown
Dependencies. More information and online resources should be
- The latest JNCC OT Bulletin was issued, with a revised
format. Featuring recent news, events and a forward look at JNCC's
OT-related activities. If you would like to receive your own
sign-up to our mailing list.
10. January 2014
- We wish everyone a wonderful festive season and best
wishes for 2014.
- Dr Samia Sarkis returns to Bermuda from her
secondment to JNCC. She has been a great asset to JNCC
and organised successful workshops on lionfish and marine protected
areas while here. We wish Samia well for the future.
- OT and CD Programme webpages updated.
- JNCC hosted a Marine Protected Areas workshop in Peterborough
which was attended by participants from across the UK Overseas
Territories and Crown Dependencies on the 28th and 29th of
- JNCC hosts Overseas Territories Training and Research group
meeting held on the 25th November.
- Tara Pelembe returns to JNCC to work in the OT and CD
team after a 2-year secondment to the St. Helena
- Fera's Invertebrate Identification Service - Improving
bio-security in the UK Overseas Territories: the identification
service for invasive invertebrate plant pests offered by the Food
and Environment Research Agency has been extended until 31st March
2014. If you would like to receive support in the diagnosis of
plant pest invertebrates please contact them by email at
and they will provide
you with details of how to preserve samples and where to send
Workshop to solve the lionfish issue - A short video report (49
seconds) on the Cayman 27 news channel, about the JNCC
Caribbean workshop on dealing with invasive lionfish. Other
countries taking part in the workshop include Anguilla, Bermuda,
British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos.
- The 2012 winner of the JNCC’s Blue Turtle Award for nature
conservation in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies
is Bryan Naqqi Manco from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
Working in nature conservation on the islands for the last 13 years
in the private, public and voluntary sectors, Naqqi is deeply
committed to his work. He has made a real difference to local
neighbourhoods, increasing people’s knowledge about the islands’
rich biodiversity, educating communities and future
- A new FIELD article by Sarah Wilson, Biodiversity
loss, natural disasters and Small Island Developing
States, considers the importance of biodiversity to SIDS
in providing resilience and adaptability in the face of natural
disasters. The article highlights cyclone "Evan", which struck the
Pacific island nation of Samoa, and considers the work programme on
island biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity
- The OT and CD Steering Group held a face-to-face meeting on
March 12th and 13th, hosted at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. On
the 14th March the OT representatives on the Steering Group met
with UK government and NGO representatives to discuss the
UK OT Biodiversity Strategy. A report on the March 14th meeting
is currently in circulation for comment. In June, JNCC will
circulate a summary of the scope, purpose and future priorities for
the Programme through to 2015 based on this series of
- JNCC Report 489 ‘A
generic guide for small islands on the implications of signing up
to the Convention on Biological Diversity’ has been published and
is available for download from our website.
- South Georgia leads where Britain may follow with mass
reindeer cull - British-owned island takes drastic action
to stop animals destroying native habitat (Indpendent
24th March 2013). Britain’s problem of its woodlands being
destroyed by deer, revealed in a recent scientific study, has been
echoed and dealt with on the far side of the world.
- There will be a face-to-face meeting of the OT and CD Steering
Group on March 12th and 13th, hosted at the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew. There will be a supplemental OTs-led meeting on the 14th March
reviewing implementation of the
UK OT Biodiversity Strategy. JNCC has funded the attendance of
the majority of delegates, from various Territories and
Dependencies, and has retained Rebecca Kinnersly, of the States of
Guernsey, to act as rapporteur for the event. Her report will be
made available through the JNCC website.
- Reports have been made available for two recent projects: an
investigation of ancient woodland on the Isle of Man and
the second phase of the rescue and collection of endemic and
endangered plant species for biodiversity conservation on Turks
Journal of the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties to CITES, in Bangkok, Thailand, between the 3rd and 14th
- New Spatial and Temporal Closed Areas added to SGSSI MPA -
Following scientific advice and a stakeholder consultation the
Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) is
announce the addition of extra spatial and temporal protection
to the existing South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine
Protected Area (SGSSI MPA).
- The lastest IUCN European Newsletter (December 2012) is
available. Among the articles under the banner 'FOCUS: EUROPE'S
OVERSEAS' are an interview with Carole Martinez, the new
Coordinator of the IUCN EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries
and Territories Programme; 'Beyond mainland: UK Overseas
Territories' - on applying the UK Biodiversity Framework to
the UK's OTs; and how the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura
lewisi) has taken a formal step back from extinction with the
announcement of the latest update to The IUCN Red List of
- The revised and approved IUCN/SSC/RSG/ISSG Translocation
Guidelines have been made available (PDF, 1105 kb).
- The UK Oversees Territories and Crown Dependencies: 2011
Biodiversity Snapshot provides a timely update to the 1999
publication. Each chapter in this new publication is authored by an
individual or group from each of the Overseas Territories or Crown
Dependencies, giving a snapshot of its biodiversity and
- In light of new funding rounds by Government for the Overseas
Territories, JNCC has extended the deadline for the Blue Turtle
Award until Monday 21st January 2013, to enable additional time for
the preparation of submissions.
- Blue Turtle Award 2012 - Call for nominations for JNCC's annual
award for nature conservation work in the UK's Overseas Territories
and Crown Dependencies. Closing date 31st October 2012.
- An article on South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
featured in the latest issue of Samara: The International
Newsletter of the Partners of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
'Understanding climate change impacts in the sub-Antarctic' is
written by Stuart Cable, MSBP Herbarium Team Manager.
- Issue 40 of the newsletter of the Chagos Conservation Trust is
available; including reports on the February 2012 scientific
expedition to the Marine Protected Area, the Chagossian Community
Environment Project and reef damage around Diego Garcia caused by
- The journal Sustainability has granted open access to the
article 'Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Caribbean
Small Island Developing States: Integrating Local and External
Knowledge' by Jessica Mercer, Ilan Kelman, Björn Alfthan, and Tiina
- The Environmental Management Directorate is pleased to announce
that St Helena’s National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was
approved by Executive Council on 4th September 2012.
- A summary report on the 'Environmental Mainstreaming in the
Falkland Islands' workshop is now
- Mr Anderson Kirnon has received resources and access to
expertise to enable him to construct a model farm at Gerald’s,
which would increase the productivity of his current livestock unit
and promote semi-intensive livestock farming practices. The
Montserrat Departments of Environment and
Agriculture are collaborating with Mr Kirnon to establish the model
farm, which was made possible through a grant from the UK Overseas
Territories Environment Programme.
- Vacancy on Montserrat - The Ministry of Agriculture on
Montserrat have an opening for Special Advisor on Environmental
Management to support the on-going development and investment
activity on island. This is an international recruitment for a
posting of 2 years. Deadline for applications is Friday August
17th, 2012. Details on the vacancy, including terms of reference
and how to apply, can be found on the jobs.gov.ms website.
- Endangered sharks will be given greater protection following
the signing of an international agreement on the conservation of
sharks. The agreement was signed by Richard Benyon on behalf of the
UK and a number of Overseas Territories. Adopted under the
Convention of Migratory Species it will help develop management
measures to protect threatened species such as basking, longfin
mako and whale sharks. Many of these sharks are not only found in
UK waters, but in the waters of UK Overseas Territories making
their involvement crucial in ensuring these animals receive the
protection they need.
- The Overseas Territories: Security, Success and Sustainability
- On 28th June 2012 the UK Government published a White Paper
setting out its overall approach to the Overseas Territories. Its
vision is for the Territories to be vibrant and flourishing
communities, proudly retaining aspects of their British identity
and generating wider opportunities for their people.
- St Helena invites OT and CD SG members to collaborate on a
Darwin bid regarding delivery of frameworks and management plans
for 23 proposed National Conservation Areas. The entire process
will involve community participation.
- Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman is seeking
to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher, to advance understanding of
how changing climate scenarios may impact the tropical ocean's
carbon cycle and ultimately biodiversity. The Postdoctoral Fellow
will have the primary responsibility for designing and implementing
field and laboratory experiments.
- JNCC Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), BOEM Protected
Species Observer (PSO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM)
Intelligent Ocean has set the next
JNCC MMO, BOEM PSO (Gulf of Mexico) and PAM training courses in
Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Please refer to their website for details of
time, location and course content. You will also find details of
local accommodation nearby. To book a course please use the online
- Mountain Chicken Project: In 2012, the Darwin Initiative funded
the Mountain Chicken Project on Montserrat, which aims to develop a
long-term strategy to manage this critically endangered species.
The project team have produced a poster and related press
- The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, Australia’s
largest integrated invasive animal research program, are inviting
applications for 19 PhD scholarships, offered in research projects
covering ecology, virology, molecular biology, natural resource
modelling, sociology, socio-economics and herbivore fertility
control. Applications for study commencing in 2013 close on 17th
- On June 20th the European Commission (EC) adopted its
communication on "The outermost regions of the European Union:
towards a partnership for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth".
This proposes a renewed strategy for eight regions: the four French
overseas departments, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion and
Martinique, the overseas Collectivity of St Martin; the Portuguese
autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira and the Spanish
Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.
- The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have announced two
courses based at the International Training
Centre, at Durrell’s headquarters in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Managing Infectious Disease in Conservation Programmes runs between
10th - 14th September 2012; Project Management Skills for
Conservation Managers between 1st - 5th October 2012.
- Samia Sarkis (Department of Conservation Services, Bermuda) and
Liz Charter (Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Isle
of Man) attended CBD SBSTTA 16 in Montreal, between April 30th and
May 5th 2012. They attended as a response to the invitation
extended by Defra to join the UK delegation. You can find their
reports of the proceedings on their relevant territory page.
- The St Helena Environmental Management Directorate was
officially launched on April 16th, in the presence of His
Excellency, Governor Capes, and UK Environment Minister Richard
Benyon. The Directorate, headed by Tara Pelembe, is tasked with
co-ordinating environmental policy on St Helena.
- University of Reading have announced their new UKOTs and CDs
Training and Research Programme Facebook Page! Facebook has become
a very popular and modern way of exchanging scientific information
and promoting opportunities to targeted audiences. The creation of
the Page will hopefully serve the same purpose of the recently
created forum, but appeal to more people and be more
- The report from the latest OT and CD Steering Group
meeting, a review of the Training and Research Programme work
plan, is now available.
- The 2011 Blue Turtle Award went to the Midweek Muckers, who
work in support of the Manx Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves, as
well as managing three other reserves, which form part of the
Ballaugh Curragh, an ASSI and Ramsar site.
- The CARIBSAVE Partnership is pleased to offer scholarships and
bursaries in various areas related to Climate Change at the
University of the West Indies and the University of Waterloo,
Canada for Caribbean Nationals under the Partnership for
Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA)
Project. This critical component of the project provides an
opportunity to build capacity in the Caribbean region to increase
resilience to climate change.
- The IUCN report of the conference on “Islands and Overseas
Entities’ contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight
against climate change” (held at the European Parliament, 20th
December 2011) is now available.
- Defra have extended an invitation to representatives from the
UK OTs and CDs to join the UK delegation to the Convention of
Biological Diversity meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,
Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). This will be held in
Montreal 30th April – 4th May 2012.
- Kew have launched their UKOTs Online Herbarium. Over 17,000
specimens and 10,000 taxa have been collated; with comprehensive
specimen records, including historical as well as contemporary
- Following recommendations made by the UK Government’s National
Security Council in 2011, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra) has produced a paper on the advice and
support available to the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) in areas
of its competency.
Defra’s Paper outlines the array of environmental issues in the
UKOTs and the advice and support which is available to the
Territories from Defra, its Agencies and Civil Society on these
- BEST projects - statistics on the Open Call for proposals in
2011 and the shortlisted project proposals.
- Standardisation of assessments such as EIA,
promoting best practice, was among items discussed at quarterly OT
and CD Training and Research Programme Steering Group Meeting held
on 7th September 2011.
- Three people from the Overseas Territories and Crown
Dependencies have been funded to attend training
- JNCC made a contribution towards the investigation of ancient
woodland on the Isle of Man.
- The closing date for the 2011 Blue Turtle award has been
extended until Friday 14th October.
- A JNCC report on Geoconservation in the Overseas
Territories of the UK is now available online.
- Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Masters scholarship
discussed at quarterly OT and CD Training and Research Programme
Steering Group Meeting held on 26th January 2011.
- 8 people from 6 Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies
funded to attend training courses.
- JNCC are contributing to a Phd on Lionfish in the Caribbean
- JNCC made contributions towards Nassau grouper research and
endemic plant research in the Turks and Caicos Islands and
investigation of ancient woodland on the Isle of Man.
- There were 7 short-listed nominees for the 2010 Blue Turtle
award which was won by the St. Helena Millennium forest.
- The sixth meeting of ACAP’s Advisory Committee will be held
from Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September 2011, in Guayaquil,
- ACAP (The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and
Petrels) is a multilateral agreement which seeks to conserve
albatrosses and petrels by coordinating international activity to
mitigate known threats to albatross and petrel populations. The
Agreement is currently ratified by 13 countries, including the UK,
whose ratification includes the South Atlantic Overseas Territories
of Tristan da Cunha, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South
Sandwich Islands, and the British Antarctic Territory.
- Quarterly OT and CD Training and Research Programme Steering
Group Meeting held on 20 October 2010.
Caribbean hub now up and running, everyone is encouraged to
The South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands ACAP plan is now
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the University
of Reading. If you have projects that you would like Masters
students to undertake in your OT/CD contact email@example.com.
Funding has been provided for Ascension and South Georgia to attend
JNCC joined a team of experts from the UK who visited Anguilla
between 16-25th September 2010, to undertake a critical
review of CITES (Convention in International Trade in Endangered
Species) implementation. The visit was funded by the Overseas
Territories Environment Programme (OTEP)
- This year’s Blue Turtle award has been
launched deadline for nominations 25 October 2010
- Financial support available for nature
conservation training can be made via the OT and
CD members of the research and training group on a first come
first served basis.
- Action plans for Tristan and the Falklands on the Agreement on
the Convention of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) available.
- One hundred and twenty seven colleagues in seven OTs: St.
Helena, Anguilla, Montserrat, Bermuda, Falklands, South Georgia,
Turks and Caicos have now been on a course on writing funding
applications for environmental projects.
- In this International Year of Biodiversity, a suite of JNCC
coordinated projects are helping tackle invasives in 12 UKOTs. This
work has been funded by Defra and some projects are delivered
through regional hubs.
- UKOT students currently studying environmental courses in the
UK were invited to an introductory OT biodiversity workshop hosted
- The OT and CD Research and Training Steering Group met in
- Stephen Mendes, Rhon Connor, Matt Cottam and Olivia Renshaw
have received JNCC funding to participate in
Henderson Island News
The September issue features an article on how invasive
rats are threatening the island's World Heritage status, as they
kill an estimated 25,000 Henderson petrel (Pterodroma
atrata) chicks per year.
The latest issue of the Ascension Island Newspaper features an
article by Dr Mark Lambert of Fera (Food and Environment Research
Agency), on his recent trip to the island and the invasive rat
Please see below for details of when the Ascension Anogramma
(Anogramma ascensionis - a species of extinct fern) story will be
released by the BBC, on their World Service 'Science in Action'
The first scheduled broadcast will be at 10:32 (BST) on Friday
It should also be repeated at the following times:
- Friday 25 June at 15:32; then 20:32
- Saturday 26 June at 01:32
- Sunday 27 June at 04:32
You will also be able to listen to the piece online from Friday -
it should be archived on the Science in Action web page for quite a
while after broadcast.
Pod of Killer Whales sighted off of North Caicos
A pod of Killer whales were sighted off of North
Caicos 24th May by a group of fishermen. When they spotted
several whales breaching and frolicking in the water completely
unfazed by being watched. Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest
of the dolphins and one of the world's most powerful predators.
Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although
populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed
exclusively on fish, while other populations hunt marine mammals
such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Killer
whales are regarded as apex predators as they have no natural
Second Lion Fish Caught
The Conservation and Fisheries Department of BVI
announced the capture of a second lionfish in BVI waters
north of Tortola on Wednesday, 2 June, by a local fisherman, Mr.
Alvin “Kumba” Martin of Jost Van Dyke.
South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project
GSGSSI have announced that, following stakeholder
consultation, conditional approval has been given to the South Georgia Heritage Trust for the first phase
of the Habitat Restoration project to proceed in February-April
Ascension Scientist recognised by IUCN
Renshaw informs us that the Ascension Conservation and Sea Fisheries
Officer, Stedson Stroud was recently contacted by a professional
associate of the IUCN Species Programme, based in Switzerland. As
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, they were
interested in featuring a range of stories on their website
throughout the year, relating to conservation and biodiversity.
Stedson was asked to provide information about conservation efforts
on Ascension Island, focusing on the importance of what is being
7th May 2010
Cross Territory Skill Share
Earlier this year, St. Helena and Ascension shared skills between both islands.
Len Coleman, the GIS specialist from St Helena visited Ascension
for three weeks. Len trained staff on the use of GIS and
AEIOU (Ascension Environmental Information Operations Utility).
Various AIG departments, Cable and Wireless, the School and the
Police have benefited from Len’s visit. Funding for his trip came
from the OTEP endemic plant project (ASC 503).
28th April 2010
OT and CD Training and Research Programme Steering Group
The Steering Group for the OT and CD training and research
programme held its 4th meeting. Key discussion items included a
report from the Food and Environment Research Agency on work they
are doing in the OTs on invasive species; a review of
the Steering Group work programme 2010-2012; and an update
from each of the territories on new areas of research.
Two OT research projects awarded support
In April, JNCC awarded two research projects support
under the research contribition funds. One is a cross territory
project with the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on algal biodiversity, the second
is a terrestrial project in Turks and Caicos on endemic and
endangered plant species. The next call for research contribution
funds will be in September 2010.
29th March 2010
Tackling Alien Invaders
Addressing the negative impact of invasive alien species in the
UKOTs is a key issue. Recently, Defra has given JNCC £250,000 to
focus on tackling this threat. This is a contribution to
International Year of Biodiversity, and the Overseas Territories
themselves have identified their key prioritie for this funding. A
vast range of activities will be supported from survey work to
public awareness campaigns, from eradication and control projects
to prevention plans.
12th March 2010
Dr Vin Fleming visits St. Helena Island
In November, Dr Vin Fleming went on an advisory visit to
St. Helena. The
visit was a response to requests for advice from St. Helena,
and focused on providing training in preparing bids for funding to
support nature conservation and related activities, especially to
funds such as OTEP and the Darwin initiative; raising awareness of
the use of economic valuation of ecosystem services as a means of
better informing the St Helena government on decisions affecting
the environment (and the services it provides to the people of St
Helena); providing training in the implementation of CITES to SHG
staff and to advise on how St Helena could better implement the
UK Overseas Territories Training and Research Programme.
The UK Overseas Territories Training and Research programme held
its most recent Steering group meeting in January 2010. Key areas
of discussion included progress on the implementation of the
programme of work. The next Steering Group meeting will be held on
the 28th April 2010.
Rhon Connor - Attends New Zealand Conference.
Rhon Connor, the Deputy Director of the Department of
Environment in Anguilla, recently attended a Conference on
Island Invasives: Eradication and Management in New Zealand. He
presented a paper entitled: Of Rats and Birds: Creating a seabirds
paradise on Dog Island Anguilla. Rhon's participation was supported