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Our website is seen as an important source of information on biodiversity in the UKOTs and its conservation, and on some other aspects of their heritage. It has proved impossible in recent years to get grant-aid to fund this general but important work. Now is the time to ask you to help us continue to both manage this site and our project activities for conservation and environmental education. If everyone reading this now gave a small amount, our fundraising for the year would be done in a week.

We are a small non-profit organisation (staffed largely by unpaid volunteers) with very few costs - but costs, which need to be met. If our website is useful to you, please take one minute to keep us online and busy for another year. Help us to devote less time to fundraising and get back to more on-the-ground conservation.         Thank you.

The UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF) exists to promote the coordinated conservation of the diverse and increasingly threatened plant and animal species and natural habitats of the UK Territories Overseas. It aims to do this by providing assistance in the form of expertise, information and liaison between non-governmental organisations and governments, both in the UK and in the Territories themselves.
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Environmental Audit Committee reports on environment & EU referendum
Highlights of UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee reports on:
Future of the Environment after the EU Referendum;
Marine Protected Areas revisited;
Sustainable Development Goals in the UK,
with links to the reports themselves. Read More
Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry MPAs
UKOTCF provided written evidence to three Environmental Audit Committee inquiries over the summer. In January 2017, we were invited to provide oral evidence to the inquiry on Marine Protected Areas.
Read More
Environmental Audit Committee publish report on EU referendum
The Environmental Audit Committee has publishes its report on the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum. Read More
EU's BEST programme funds projects in UKOTs
The European Commission has announced €2million funding for projects under the BEST scheme (Voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories). Read More
'Britain's Treasure Islands'
Pre-order your copy of new book filled with superb photos of wildlife of all UK Overseas Territories.
The book is linked to the series "Britain's Treasure Islands" broadcast on BBC4 weekly in April.
Buying via UKOTCF makes a contribution to UKOTCF's conservation work at no extra cost to yourself.
Joint Ministerial Council and UKOT Environment Ministers Council
UK and UK Overseas Territory ministers met on 1-2 December in the annual Joint Ministerial Council. Paragraph 30 of their Joint Communique welcomes the creation of a Territories' Environment Ministers Council. UKOTCF is pleased to have helped the Government of Gibraltar to initiate this and will continue to help ministers build on this start.

For the whole document click here

Darwin Plus announces projects in UKOTs
Successful projects funded by UK Government under the Darwin Plus have been announced. Read More
SGSSI added to Convention on Biological Diversity
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands was added to UK’s ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 27 March 2015. Read more
Anguilla's first Ramsar Site designation
At its meeting on 12th March 2015, Anguilla’s Executive Council decided to nominate Sombrero Island Nature Reserve Marine Park as Anguilla’s first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Read more
Pitcairn Marine Reserve announced
As part of the UK Budget announcement on 18th March 2015, the long-called for Pitcairn marine protected area has been announced. Read more
Forum News 47 - Latest Edition
34 page Issue 47 - October 2017 - now available for download. The issue includes reports on the "Saving Our Special Nature of Montserrat" project progress; 2nd Meeting of UKOT & CD Environment Ministers - and more....
2016-2017 Annual Report.
The 14-page 2016-2017 Annual Report is now available for download.
Environment Ministers from the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies call on UK Government to meet its commitments
UKOT & CD Environment Ministers or equivalents have issued a statement resulting from their meeting in Alderney, Channel Islands: full news item here. Just Statement as pdf here or as MS Word here
Bermuda Minister reflects on Alderney & ministers' meeting
Hon. Sylvan Richards MP, Minister of Environment, Government of Bermuda, interviewed in Alderney here.
UKOT/CD Environment Ministers meet in Alderney
Representatives from 11 UK Overseas Territories (UKOT) and Crown Dependencies meet on 27-28 April in Alderney,to discuss actions to sustain the environment in these uniquely important wildlife areas. They will be joined for the second day by a representative of UK Government. UKOTCF is pleased to have been asked to help organise the meeting. States of Alderney press release
Alderney joins UKOTCF Virtual Tours
Linked with the UKOT/CD Environment Ministers meeting (see below), a Virtual Tour for Alderney is now available at the Virtual Tour page here , then click "Alderney"
First report of UKOT/CD Environment Ministers Meeting
Representatives from 13 UK Overseas Territories (UKOT) and Crown Dependencies met on 27-28 April in Alderney,to discuss actions to sustain the environment in these uniquely important wildlife areas. UKOTCF is pleased to have been asked to help organise the meeting. First report of discussions
Video from UKOT/CD environment ministers meeting
The first video from this meeting on 27-28 April in Alderney is now available here.
Proceedings of 2015 Gibraltar Conference
The Proceedings of the 2015 Conference Sustaining Partnerships are now available for download from here. Also available from the same page are the conclusions and recommendations and other reports and videos.

A new guide booklet on bird-watching and other heritage features in Montserrat.
Links to UKOTCF & other UKOT videos
UKOTCF's Environmental Education Coordinator, Ann Pienkowski has taken a great deal of video of UKOTs over several years for several purposes, and some was used by Stewart McPherson to fill gaps in coverage for his shorts. Ann is now editing her material for wider use. The first two, on Montserrat and Grand Turk, are already available. The title above links to those, as well to the Britain's Treasure Islands shorts.
UKOTCF Working Group and Project newsletters
Newsletters of UKOTCF regional Working Groups and of current UKOTCF projects are now available on this web-site, linked from the title above.
Progress for Environment Charters and Aichi Targets
UKOTCF has published the latest review, collated from territory information, of progress in implementing the Environment Charters (or equivalents) and towards Aichi Targets.
New project for Montserrat
Montserrat sees start of project on conservation and the island’s future.

Full announcement
(2 page pdf)
Guide booklets on bird-watching in each main Turks and Caicos Islands
Guide booklets on bird-watching in each of the main Turks and Caicos Islands have been published by UKOTCF and the Turks & Caicos National Museum.
Virtual Tours of the Territories
Virtual Tours for the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Ascension Island join British Virgin Islands, Pitcairn, Montserrat and TCI.
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What's New: 18 October 2017