Banner image: Participants in the Sustaining Partnerships conference 2015; Copyright: UKOTCF/ Government of Gibraltar

Gibraltar hosted an international environmental conference "Sustaining Partnerships" from 11th to 15th July 2015, with a focus on UK Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and other small islands.

This was organised by UKOTCF and HM Government of Gibraltar’s Department of the Environment and Climate Change,with the support of Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society.

Participants in the Sustaining Partnerships conference 2015; Copyright: UKOTCF/ Government of Gibraltar

The conference provided a forum for government environmental bodies, NGOs and commercial organisations to discuss key conservation issues, to highlight success stories, exchange ideas, and to forge partnerships.

 

Gibraltar's Barbary macaques are a species of tailless monkey. They are found in Morocco and Algeria. Those found in Gibraltar are the only wild monkeys in Europe; Copyright Prof John Cortes

The Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and other small island communities that share similar environmental problems benefit from learning about one another’s history and experience of planning and conservation initiatives. They are also able to see some of the challenges and solutions of the host territory, in this case, Gibraltar and some of its extraordinary wildlife and habitats. 

Gibraltar's Barbary Partridge is thought by many to be Gibraltar's "National Bird". Gibraltar is the only place in mainland Europe where they are found; Copyright: Andrew Dobson

In addition to the sessions, participants had the chance to have many informal discussions including at reception where posters were displayed with some of the work being carried out in many of the UKOTs and CDs.

Participants discussing posters displayed in the conference venue; Copyright: UKOTCF

The overall aim of the meeting was to draw on similarities and differences in experience across the territories, to provide insights into common challenges, leaving participants better equipped to address local needs.


In addition, the conference facilitated the first meeting of the UKOT/CD Environment Ministers Council, held immediately after the conference. [link]

Also available are the full set of Conclusions and recommendations from as well as extracts of the recommendations addressed to:

UKOT/CD Governments

- UK Government

- NGOs

- Other funding bodies

Private Sector & Utilities

Several field trips were also included to explore the terrestrial and marine environment around Gibraltar. These were also included in order to facilitate further informal discussions. Dr Keith Bensusan, Head of the Alamada Botanic Park and Stephen Warr from the Department of Environment led the marine tour which was lucky enough to see several dolphins, seabirds and round to the proposed tentative World Heritage Site at Gorham's cave (since designated a WHS). 

The approach to the Gorham's Cave complex, series of caves on the east coast of Gibraltar. It was a Neanderthal occupation site, used between c. 127,000 and 32,000 years ago; Copyright: Dr Katie Metcalf

Tour takes place in Gibraltar's marine reserve; Copyright: UKOTCF

The plant nursery at the Alamada botanic gardens; Copyright: Prof John Cortes
 Participants are shown around the plant nursery by staff; Copyright: Bryan Naqqi Manco

 The Proceedings of the conference are available for download.

 

Medium-resolution version (55.4 MB) 

Low-resolution version (23.2 MB) 

 

In case these file size is too large, we divided the low-resolution copy into blocks, below. (Please note that, on these versions, the links from the Contents will work only within the first file, which includes the Contents list.)

Title of session Pages File size MB Section 
Opening; Biodiversity Action Plans & Environment Charters  1-118  5.8   1-3
Posters not on main topics; Terrestrial; Marine  119-238  5.3   4-8 
MEA sign-up workshop; Renewable Energy; BEST; Physical Planning & EIAs  239-356  4.8   9-12 
Environmental Education; EIA workshop; Closing; Conclusions & Recommendations  357-484   6.6   13-16 
Programme; Participants; Feedback; Recommendations sorted by type of addressee; Meeting of Territory Environment Ministers  485-540  1.0  Appendices  


Re-live the Gibraltar 2015 conference:

Participants in the conference generated an almost instant thread on social media. You can re-live parts of the conference (at a less hectic pace than the original) or get a flavour if you were unable to attend) via video. Those currently available are:

Saturday 11th July

Opening 1 - Meet & Greet

Opening 2 - Gibraltar Ministers' Welcome

Opening 3 - UKOTCF response & Welcome

Wed 15th July

St Michael's cave the venue for the closing dinner; Copright: Mervin Hastings

Closing Dinner - 1

The only place in Europe where two free-living primate species meet

Closing Dinner inside the Rock - 2

Arrival at St Michael's Cave

Closing Dinner inside the Rock - 3

Speech: Hon Dr Joe Bossano, Minister of Economic Development

Closing Dinner inside the Rock - 4

Speech: Hon Dr John Cortes, Minister of Health, Environment, Energy & Climate Change

Closing Dinner inside the Rock - 5

Gibraltar Regiment Core of Drums

Gibraltar's wildlife and spectacular scenery
Gibraltar's fauna and flora; Copyright: HMGoG Department of Environment
Bird of prey; Copyright: HMGoG Department of Environment
Rich marine environment (above and below) in Gibraltar's waters: Copyright: HMGoG Department of Environment
Jelly fish captured while snorkelling; Copyright: Peter Richardson
Views around Gibraltar; Copyright: Prof John Cortes