JNCC works collaboratively with Montserrat
primarily through the Department of Environment of the
Government of Montserrat.
Funded participation in International
JNCC is able to support the OTs/CDs with funding to attend
international conferences and workshops. More information
Forests for People, People for Forests: Forest-based
livelihoods in the Caribbean. May 4th - 6th 2010.
Stephen Mendes (Montserrat Government)
attended a CANARI regional conference designed to bring foresters,
administrators, NGO’s CBO’s and forest users together from across
the Caribbean. The programme exemplified policies and practices
that support sustainable forest-based livelihoods in the islands of
the Caribbean. It focused on raising the standards of person’s
dependant on natural resources for their livelihood and raise their
awareness to issues such as climate change, poverty alleviation,
sustainable consumption and production, and biodiversity
conference report (PDF, 90
"Economic valuation of the Centre Hills, Montserrat - Final
Report" (PDF, 1841 kb)
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
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'.
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 Montserrat edited by Dr Vin Fleming and Deborah
Training and Research Programme Steering Group
Montserrat is a member of the Training and Research Programme Steering
Group which drives the direction of the OT Training and
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
JNCC is able to support the OTs and CDs with funding to
attend environmental training courses.
Climate change adaptation online course
JNCC has supported 1 person from the Montserrat National Trust
to attend a course on Adaptation to climate change, online course
from January to March 2011.
Climate Change Diplomacy online course.
JNCC has supported 1 person from the Department of Environment
to attend a course on Climate Change Diplomacy, from the 21st
February to the 15th April 2011.
Model Farm at Geralds
Mr Anderson Kirnon has received resources and access to
expertise to enable him to construct a model farm at Geralds, 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
Download the press release
(PDF, 386 kb).
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
the following leaflet/poster
(PDF, 1668 kb) and related press
(PDF, 33 kb).
Marine Turtle Conservation Project
In 2011, JNCC made a contribution to the Government of
Montserrat to enhance the conservation of marine turtles. The
project aims were:
- To protect green/hawksbill turtle population;
and set up a secure hatching area, potentially increasing
survivorship of hatchlings. Microchip and tag turtles to establish
number of returning females.
- Raise public awareness of the marine
environment / conservation in Montserrat
Download the extract from the full report Status
and Exploitation of Marine Turtles in Montserrat (PDF, 1797
Fire Ant 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 Montserrat will
- A project management strategy
- An assessment of the scale and distribution of infestation
- A long-term management strategy and action
- Reduced incidence of Red Fire Ants
- A Communication Strategy to raise public awareness
Download the final
report (PDF, 129 kb)
Economic valuation of the Centre Hills in Montserrat
JNCC contributed technical assistance to an economic valuation
project on the Centre Hills in Montserrat which
was carried out from 2007 - 2010.
A short video giving an overview of this project is also
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