South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

 

JNCC works collaboratively with the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands primarily through the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

 

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Sign up to the JNCC Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies bi-monthly bulletin to keep up to date with the work we are doing in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and all the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

 

FInd out the latest news on environment in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands  from  the website of the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

 



 

Funded participation in International conferences/workshops

 

JNCC is able to support the OTs and CDs with funding to attend international conferences and workshops.

 

South Atlantic regional hub

 

JNCC is coordinating its work in the South Atlantic  through a regional hub, based in the Falkland Islands. For more information contact the (please put OT in the subject line).

 

Other areas of support and advice

The Government of South Georgia are offering two small grants (to a maximum of £25,000) for the 2012/13 or 2013/14 seasons, to enable researchers to undertake scientific work on South Georgia. Research projects will be based at KEP, but could undertake fieldwork on the Thatcher, Greene, Busen or Barff peninsulas.  The fishery patrol vessel Pharos SG can also be used to support limited marine science in the waters around South Georgia.

 

 

JNCC also provides support and advice to Overseas Territories in a number of other areas at the request of the UKOT Governments. These areas include economic valuation, climate change, invasive species, accessing funding and multilateral environmental agreements.

 

Blue Turtle Award

JNCC runs an annual Blue Turtle Award. People are encouraged to nominate Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies groups or individuals who are 'making a difference'.

 

More information

2011 Geoconservation in the Overseas Territories of the UK by M. Stanley.

The European Commission's OCT Environmental Profiles - these environmental profiles are set in a socio-economic, developmental perspective so that the findings can be used to assist in programming projects in the
framework of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

More information on climate change impacts in the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

Environmental Education resources on Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

2009 Implications of climate change for Biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories by J.P. McWilliams.

2007 Environmental Economics in the Overseas Territories.

2006 Non-native species in the Overseas Territories a Review by Karen Varnham.

2005 Review of Ramsar sites in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies by Dr Mike Pienkowski.

1999 snapshot of Biodiversity in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands edited by Dr Vin Fleming and Deborah Procter JNCC.

 

 

Training and Research Programme Steering Group

 

South Georgia and South Sandwich islands is member of the Training and Research Programme Steering Group which drives the direction of the OT Training and Research Programme.

 

JNCC has supported 1 person from the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands to attend a 1 year Master of Science Geographical Information Systems (GIS) course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in GIS.

 

Research Priorities 2011

 

JNCC asks the OTs and CDs for information about their top 3 research priorities each year (via members of the OT and CD Training and Research Programme Steering Group. These priorities are used to inform a number of funding decisions including the JNCC Research Contributions.

 

Training

 

JNCC is  able to support the OTs and CDs with funding to attend environmental training courses.

 

Masters module  in Geographical Information Systems

JNCC has provided funding to support one person from the Environment Department of the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Government to undertake  the first year of an MSc in GIS leading to a post-graduate certificate in GIS. This runs from January 2011 until December 2011.

 

Island-wide census of black-browed and grey-headed Albatross

The final research report is now available to download>>

Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

JNCC has worked with the South Georgia and South SandwichIslands Government on the development of a plan for the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ACAP plan (PDF, 1.07 mb)

 

Algal Biodiversity of the Falkland Islands Research divers Shallow Marine Surveys Groupand South Georgia

JNCC has contributed to a cross-territory research project on the  Algal biodiversity of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia

Completion:  December 2010

Download final project report on Seaweeds of the subtidal and intertidal habitats of South Georgia, including additions to the Falkland Island inventory (PDF, 140 kb)

Download Intertidal and Subtidal Benthic Seaweed Diversity of South Georgia report (PDF, 946 kb)

Southern Sea Lion Programme

JNCC has contributed to a cross-territory research project on the Southern sea lion programme.

Completion: July 2011

 

Marine invasive project

In 2010, for the International Year of Biodiversity, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has funded a series of invasive species projects across the UK Overseas Territories. This has been coordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The project in South Georgia focussed on conducting benthic (marine) surveys of key sites to determine the presence and extent of invasive alien marine species.

Download the project report. (PDF, 35 kb)