Funded participation in International
JNCC is able to support the OTs and CDs with
funding to attend
international conferences and workshops.
Regional lionfish strategy workshop: August 27th -
Bradley Johnson attend an International Coral Reef Initiative
(ICRI) workshop in Cancun, Mexico funded by JNCC to consider
strategies for controlling lionfish in the region. More information
on the workshop
Helping Islands Adapt Conference. 11th - 16th April
Mat Dacosta-Cottam attended a workshop
in Auckland, New Zealand, funded by Defra through the JNCC. The
Government of New Zealand were the hosts, with support received
from a number of partner organisations. Approximately 82
participants from 24 countries and territories and 29 national,
regional and international organisations attended the workshop. The
purpose of the workshop was to identify and strengthen mechanisms
that enable effective and sustainable alien invasive species (IAS)
management for islands. The discussions focused on four main island
regions – the Caribbean, the Coral Triangle, the Indian Ocean and
Caribbean regional hub
The Caribbean Regional Hub is an
online network, managed by the Cayman Islands Department of
Environment that JNCC supports which facilitates
professional communities with an interest in combating invasive
species, climate change and preserving biodiversity in the
The long term objective of the Hub is to bring together ideas,
people, projects, experience, expertise, funds and common
Other areas of support and advice
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'.
Fred Burton from Cayman who is the Director of the Blue
Iguana Recovery Programme, was the winner of the 2009 Blue Turtle
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).
Reptiles of the UK OTs, CDs and SBAs: Species inventory and
overview of conservation and research priorities by Paul Edgar
of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.
More information on Climate change impacts in the Caribbean OTs.
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
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 the
Cayman Islands edited by Dr Vin Fleming and Deborah Procter
Lionfish Control 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. Project activities on Cayman Islands
- Continue monitoring of number and size of both Lionfish and
other reef fish, to determine status and balance of invasive and
natural populations, and assess effectiveness of control
- Offset consumables, fuel etc. involved in continuing and
improving DoE staff response to Lionfish sightings by members of
the public, in Grand Cayman and Sister Islands, and ensure timely
- Maintain and expand equipment stocks (dive gear, gloves, nets,
bags) and test new equipment (slurp guns and, subject to
- Design and place informational signage in key areas / ports of
entry. Expand current web resources in www.DoE.ky to include
online Lionfish reporting form.
- Undertake volunteer training course in Lionfish capture
techniques in the Sister Islands, to expand network of trained
volunteer divers authorized to assist control effort.
(Pterois volitans Linnaeus) Density, Distribution and
Effectiveness of control efforts-Cayman Islands Report
Download Measuring the Impact of the Red
Lionfish (Pterois volitans Linnaeus) on local reef fish
assemblages-Cayman Islands Report
Red-footed booby monitoring, Little Cayman
JNCC contributed to a project to monitor Red
Footed Boobies in Little Cayman.
Download final report
(PDF, 156 kb).