Training and Research Programme Steering Group
The Falkland Islands 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.
Helen Marsh, of the Environmental Planning Department, attended
a three week individual training course, on Herbarium Management,
at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The programme was designed
specifically to meet her needs as volunteer curator of the Falkland
Islands National Herbarium, and ran from 22nd July to 9th August
evaluation form (PDF, 30 kb)
Helen's report on her training experience
(PDF, 47 kb)
JNCC has contributed to the following projects on the
South Atlantic Information
Background: Information management and access
to data are issues for a number of the OTs and obtaining data is a
strategic priority outlined in the OT Biodiversity Strategy.
Funding: Funding for the project has been
provided by FCO (£180,000). JNCC will contribute an additional
£6,000 this financial year to support input from Ascension
JNCC role: JNCC is leading on this project –
it is being implemented by the South Atlantic Research
Current status: Project being implemented –
due to finish July 2015.
OTs involved: Falklands, South Georgia,
Tristan da Cunha, Ascension, St. Helena
More detail on the project can be found here>>
report provided by the Falkland Islands Government on the
Falkland Islands ‘Environmental Mainstreaming’ project completed in
early 2012 (PDF, 146 kb).
Archipelago-wide census of southern sea lions
An archipelago-wide census to assess the population trend and
conservation status of southern sea lions breeding on the Falkland
Completion: April 2013
report (PDF, 843 kb)
Essential conservation tools:providing a user-friendly guide to
the flora of the Falklands
To publish a comprehensive, easy to use guide to the flora of
the Falkland Islands
Completion: October 2013
report (PDF, 108 kb)
Rodent eradication and biosecurity planning.
In 2011 JNCC has contributed to rodent eradication and
biosecurity planning in the Falkland Islands.
Southern Sea Lion Programme
JNCC has contributed to a cross-territory research project on
the Southern sea lion programme.
Completion: July 2011
Download project report
(PDF, 311 kb)
Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels
JNCC has worked with the Falkland Islands Government on the
development of a plan for the implementation of the Agreement on
the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). Falkland Islands ACAP plan
Algal Biodiversity of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
JNCC has contributed to a research project on the
Algal biodiversity of the Falkland Islands.
Completion: December 2010
report (PDF, 140 kb)
Invasive species 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 Falkland
Islands will be:
- Surveys of priority islands in the Passage/Weddell area and the
Falklands Sound for the presence of rodents and other invasive
alien species, and an investigation of the eradication potential of
islands found to be rodent-infested.
- Eradication of Norway Rats from four islands in Port
- Surveys of selected marine sites to determine the presence and
extent of invasive alien marine species.
- Control of invasive plant species
- Development of a strategy to manage Creeping and Spear Thistle
in the islands.
Download the project report (PDF,