UKOTCF has been involved in projects in the TCI, for over 20 years. Some of these activities include: a Darwin-funded project to develop a management plan for the North, Middle and East Caicos Ramsar site; a strategy workshop on how to Implement the Environment Charter; Wonderful Water education project which developed (in consultation with local teachers) curricula on wetland ecosystems, including mangroves and natural freshwater systems, and the wise use of water and the Management of Protected Areas for Sustainable Economies project (MPASSE) - part funded by the EU, which aimed to provide the Turks and Caicos National Trust with funding to develop facilities for visitors at several sites: Little Water Cay, Wades Green and Cheshire Hall.

TCI rock iguana. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

TCI rock iguana at Little Water Cay. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

Working with its local partner, the Turks & Caicos National Museum, UKOTCF has developed interpreted walking and driving bird-watching trails for local residents and visitors to these important sites [link back to sites], available from the Museum on Grand Turk. Established in 1991, the Turks and Caicos National Museum is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at recording, interpreting, preserving, and celebrating the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands and its people.

UKOTCF-designed nature trail through the tropical dry woodland, Middle Caicos. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

UKOTCF-designed nature trail through the tropical dry woodland, Middle Caicos. Copyright: Dr Mike Pienkowski

The trails form part of the work underway to explore the potential for environmentally sustainable development, but further help is needed. The adoption of an eco-tourism approach would help to prevent the destruction of the natural habitat and safeguard biodiversity, cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Islands for the present and future. Earlier development of this type was undertaken by UKOTCF, with support from the Darwin Initiative and others, and in partnership with the TCI National Trust and the TCI Government. 

More recently, UKOTCF and the TC National Museum, in consultation with local conservation bodies and tourism interests, have produced 5 guide-books to the wildlife and other heritage of each of the main islands. These are available to buy in print (by mail) or download.