The aim of these workshops was not to produce a regional strategy, nor a series of agreed actions or principles that all delegates and their organisations ‘signed up’ to. It was instead to consider and share, at a technical level, the experience available in the region, learn lessons, explore opportunities for synergy and identify some key messages for each of the four workshop areas.
To contribute to addressing the UK’s and
Overseas Territories (OTs) strategic priorities, JNCC co-ordinated
a technical regional South Atlantic workshop that was hosted by the
Ascension Island Government. There were four workshop themes:
Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Protected Areas,
Biodiversity/environmental action-planning and seabird monitoring.
Experiences from experts in the South Atlantic OTs were shared, and
key messages and opportunities for synergy were explored. A summary
of these is provided here:
Sustainable Fisheries: A
strong scientific evidence underpinning a robust regulation and
licensing regime, with a meaningful enforcement regime were seen as
the fundamental requirements for sustainable fisheries. Case
studies from the Falklands, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha
provided good examples of these, and provided opportunities for
training and advice to be provided to emerging and developing
fisheries in Ascension, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha.
Marine Protected Areas
(MPAs): All of the islands either have MPAs or are
undertaking research with a view to providing an evidence-base for
MPA designation. There are a number of categories of MPAs that
range from no-take to sustainable use. No one size fits all and the
designation category needs to be relevant to each particular
situation. A number of opportunities for synergy and skill share
are already being undertaken, and territory-based experts from St.
Helena, Ascension and the Falklands are working together on
baseline survey, data collection, analysis and publication in the
three islands. The sharing of equipment was also explored, and
Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) will be developed to enable
this to happen.
planning: All of the islands are at various stages of
planning and implementation. It is important that plans are
achievable, measurable, and are mainstreamed into central
government and organisational planning processes.
Seabird Monitoring: All of
the islands have seabird monitoring programmes. It was acknowledged
that given resource constraints it is important to keep clarity
around what is being monitored and why, and to regularly analyse
and review data and trends.
Please cite as: Pelembe, T., (2014), South Atlantic Overseas Territories Regional Workshop Report, JNCC Report 534, ISSN 0963 8901