Report 534
South Atlantic Overseas Territories Regional Workshop Report
(2014)
Pelembe, T.
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.
 

Introduction

 

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.

 

Biodiversity/environmental action 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.

 

 
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Please cite as: Pelembe, T., (2014), South Atlantic Overseas Territories Regional Workshop Report, JNCC Report 534, ISSN 0963 8901