UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: 2011 Biodiversity snapshot
(2011)
Edited by Tara Pelembe and Gillian Cooper
Each chapter is authored by an individual or a group from the relevant Overseas Territory or Crown Dependency who has played a lead role in biodiversity conservation in their territory.

Introduction

 
In 1999 the Joint Nature Conservation Committee published a review of biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories
(Proctor and Fleming 1999). Since then, a considerable amount of work has been carried out on the ground to conserve biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories (OTs).
 
In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, the Steering group of the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies (CDs) Research and Training Steering programme agreed that the publication was out-dated, and created an editorial committee to decide what to focus on in a new updated publication. Some of the key changes were that Crown Dependencies needed to be included, and the chapters needed to be authored by specialists from the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Having agreed some basic headings, the editorial group approached the Steering group for lead authors. As a result, each chapter is authored by an individual or a group from the relevant Overseas Territory or Crown Dependency who has played a lead role in biodiversity conservation in their territory. As the quantity and level of information provided by authors varies from chapter to chapter, a summary four or five pages has been created for each, so that comparisons cross island can be made. The additional information has been included in appendices that are below.
The editorial committee has kept the information in the language and voice of the authors. It was agreed that this
publication aims to be a 2011 snapshot of Biodiversity and its conservation in the OTs and CDs as presented by the authors. There is a lot of information in the appendices that can be used as a foundation for further scientific analysis or
research.
 
A review team, identified by the editorial committee, comprising members from a number of UK and international organisations was also given the opportunity to review the document. The Overseas Territories of Gibraltar and Sovereign base areas of Cyprus have not been included in this publication.”
Objectives

The objectives of this publication are:

(1) To provide a ‘snapshot’ of Biodiversity in the UKOTs and CDs. Note: this is not intended to be exhaustive in the level of detail provided.

(2) To provide a central access ‘place’ where as many links as possible to other sources of biodiversity information about the OTs and CDs can be found.
 
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ISBN 978-1-86107-623-6
 
Please cite as: Pelembe, T. and Cooper, G.eds (2011). UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: 2011 Biodiversity Snapshot. Peterborough, UK, Joint Nature Conservation Committee