Project work is a central part of what we do. Whilst we do not run projects in every UKOT, those that we do are based on need, as specifically requested by the territory’s government and/or non-government bodies, and subject to the resources available or which we can acquire. This close involvement on the ground with some territories ensures that we maintain an understanding of the issues facing the UKOTs and on what is being done to overcome these.
Working directly with our counterparts is one of the most enjoyable aspects.
Championing UK's most special species: the wildlife of the UK's Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies
UKOTCF is implementing the concept of species champions , to raise awareness in Britain of the global importance of UKOT & CD wildlife, and reinforce feelings of shared responsibility across UK. Working with our network of some 30 partner organisations across the UKOTs/CDs and others in the UKOTCF network, we compiled a list of flagship species. These are ones whose conservation benefits other species or the ecosystem itself – and often ecosystem services to humans.Read more
In 2016, we received a Darwin Plus grant for a project in partnership with the Montserrat National Trust (MNT), Montserrat Government Department of Environment, Montana State University (MSU) and Treweek Environmental Consultants. The projects overall aim is to ensure that Montserrat's unique biodiversity is conserved for future generations.Read more
With our partners, the Turks and Caicos National Museum, we were awarded a grant by the Royal Bank of Canada, Blue Water Programme to create a model garden and develop a rainwater-harvesting demonstration area and other associated education materials for the Museum’s Caicos Heritage House site in Providenciales.Read more
Like many other UKOTs, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands (CI) and the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are particularly rich in biodiversity. This serves to underpin sustainable livelihoods in these areas for many generations and raise living standards especially through sustainable tourism. This project aimed to both safeguarding and manage these natural assets.Read more