There are several active non-governmental organisations in the islands.  Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, was established to help preserve and protect the marine environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands. A recent project includes: a €50,000 grant to study the coral reefs off the coast of East Caicos. It aims to address the current limitations of management and monitoring policy, and improve long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services within East Caicos’ coral reef ecosystems through the development of conservation zones and management and monitoring protocols. The selection of conservation zone classifications will be based on multi-criteria evaluation, which incorporates 16 ecosystem service and biodiversity values and quantitative and qualitative assessment, based on Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Caribbean methods. Conservation zone classifications and management and monitoring protocols will be agreed via workshops with DECR and local stakeholders. After project completion, TCRF, in conjunction with DECR, will establish regular monitoring protocols at two-year intervals. The project methods and results will be shared via multi-media and open-access online media.

Turks & Caicos National Museum, Guinep House, Grand Turk.Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

Guinep House, the headquarters of the Turks & Caicos National Museum, Grand Turk. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

The Turks and Caicos National Museum brings together cultural heritage and natural heritage in their two museum sites on Grand Turk (the original site) and Providenciales. Their botanic garden at the Grand Turk site is much appreciated by residents, local schools, and cruise ship visitors.  The garden is irrigated solely by harvested rainwater and, as part of the Museum's public awareness and education programme, it includes interpretation to highlight some of TCI’s most important flora. As part of the development of a new museum site in Providenciales, a new garden was designed and constructed. This utilised traditional rain-water capture and planting methods to reduce the need for fertilisers. This was a joint project between UKOTCF and the Museum, supported by the DECR, with funds from the Royal Bank of Canada’s Blue Water Programme.

Other local bodies include the Turks & Caicos National Trust, a membership–based voluntary organisation established to protect the natural historical and cultural heritage of the Islands.

A virtual tour for the Turks and Caicos Islands, outlining its historical and cultural importance is available here

Videos produced and directed by UKOTCF’s Ann Pienkowski are available also to view here and on our Youtube channel. 

YouTube Video

This short mini-documentary also provides a snap-shot overview on the Islands, presented by Stewart McPherson, and using some of Ann's video, as part of the Britain’s Treasure Islands series:

YouTube Video