Biodiversity overview

Falkland Islands

 

JNCC works collaboratively with the Falkland Islands primarily through the Environment and Planning Department of the Falkland Islands Government.

 

 

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 the Falklands Islands and all the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

 

Find out the latest news on environment in the Falkland Islands  from  the website of the Falkland Islands Government. Falklands Conservation also produces regular news updates.

 

JNCC has a project officer based in the Falkland Islands.

Anne Saunders - ACAP Co-ordinator, and JNCC South Atlantic Overseas Territories Conservation Officer

SAERI, PO Box 609, Stanley Cottage North, Ross Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands, FIQQ 1ZZ, South Atlantic

Office main line / fax: 00500 27374

 



 

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

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, invasives 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'.

 

Ali Liddle,  was nominated for the 2010 Blue Turtle Award for more than a decade of work on environmental education and awareness in the Falkland Islands.

 

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.

South Atlantic Overseas Territories Invasive Species Strategy.

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 the Falkland Islands edited by Dr Vin Fleming and Deborah Procter JNCC.

 

 

 

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 Programme.

 

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.

 

Herbarium Management

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 2013.

Helen's training evaluation form (PDF, 30 kb)

Helen's report on her training experience (PDF, 47 kb)

 

 

JNCC has contributed to the following projects on the Falklands


South Atlantic Information Management Centre

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.
Objectives: Create a South Atlantic Regional Information Management System with the Centre based in the Falklands at the South Atlantic Research Institute (SAERI).
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 island.
JNCC role: JNCC is leading on this project – it is being implemented by the South Atlantic Research Institute.
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>>
 

Environmental Mainstreaming

Summary 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 Islands.

Completion: April 2013

Download project 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

Download project 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

Download final 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 Salvador.
  • 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, 61 kb)

 

 

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