The Pitcairn Natural Resources Department  is responsible for conservation and environmental matters on the four islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno which form the Pitcairn Islands

Great frigatebird soars high over Pitcairn and the shed and slips of the longboats. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

Great frigatebird soars high over Pitcairn and the shed and slips of the longboats. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

The flora and fauna of the Pitcairn Group is unique, with a number of endemic and endangered species. Challenges exist for nature conservation on the islands, including invasive non-native species, soil erosion and, on Pitcairn itself, infrastructural development issues. Careful environmental management is needed to ensure sustainable development.

The Natural Resources Department is working to ensure that sustainable development proceeds alongside environmental protection and conservation of local natural resources, using the Environment Management Plan as a framework.

The Department works with a number of international organisations in order increases its capacity to respond to the challenges faced. These come together as a group at the Pitcairn Environment Group each year, meeting in London, with a link to Pitcairn, to discuss various conservation initiatives.