UK Parliament Committees

Much of the work done by the House of Commons and the House of Lords is done by select committees, which examine issues in detail, from government policy to proposed new laws. The Committees which have taken an in-depth look at UK Overseas Territories are mainly the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. Read moreRead more

Recommendations and Conclusions from conferences

There has been a widespread view amongst participants at our conferences that they should strive to reach clear conclusions and recommendations on topics addressed. At the 2015 conference, these were grouped into recommendations including to UK Government. Read moreRead more

European Union

Influencing policy-makers at a European Union level has been important for promoting conservation & sound environmental management in the UKOTs. Our work in this area has included submissions to formal inquiries & consultations, as well as less formal awareness-raising activities & liaison with key contacts. The has been some success in this area with regards to the EU-funded BEST Scheme which has funded a variety of projects in the UKOTs. Read Read more

UK Government consultations

Responding to, and making our network aware of, UK Government consultations has been an ongoing role. Here we provide a selection of these. Most recently, was the fifth UK National Report to the Conferences of the Parties (COP) on the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, compiled by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on behalf of UK Government. Read moreRead more

Expert Panel on UK’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites

A country nominates World Heritage Sites from a Tentative List. This list includes outstanding natural & cultural sites. At the end of March 2011, Dr Mike Pienkowski sat on the expert panel to update the UK Tentative List. Following the recommendations of the expert panel, DCMS Minister for Tourism and Heritage, John Penrose MP, announced that UK Government was to include three UKOT sites. Read moreRead more

Receptions in UK Parliament

Through building contacts with MPs with an interest in the UKOTs & CDs, we have organised receptions at the Commonwealth Parliament Association in Westminster Hall, at the invitation of Andrew Rosindell MP, Chair of the APPG on Overseas Territories. These events are an opportunity to engage with MPs & peers on issues in the UKOTs but also to raise the profile of the latter & their global biodiversity importance. Read moreRead more

All Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity

There are limited opportunities for the UKOTs to be represented in UK Parliament, yet many decision are made on their behalf in Westminster. Therefore, we have worked with the APPG for Biodiversity (as well as other APPGs) to provide advice & assistance in organising of several meetings including a wider range of stakeholders on issues such as invasive species & marine protected areas in the House of Commons. ReadRead more