Nature conservation hots up in Bermuda

JNCC participated in 'A sense of direction: a conference on conservation in UK Overseas Territories and other small island communities' held on Bermuda in March.

 

The conference covered a range of conservation problems and successes in these territories, too oftenVin Fleming©Deryck Steer/JNCC overlooked by the 'metropolitan' UK, but which are just as much a part of our collective responsibilities.
 
Topics covered included:
  • site management planning workshops, organised with JNCC input, enabling external expertise to contribute
    to local issues in Bermuda;
  • the problems with invasive species;
  • recovery programmes for threatened species;
  • the risks and benefits of tourism;
  • management of protected areas; and
  • the implementation of the Environment Charters,
    signed by the territories and the UK Government.

 

Representatives from other small island communities or states also shared their experience of coping with the special conservation and sustainable development issues affecting islands. The Bermuda setting enabled delegates to see many of these issues first-hand, including the problems caused by invasive species and the impressive habitat restoration work being undertaken on Nonsuch Island.
 
In the concluding session, JNCC noted the potential that these territories provide for trialling means of developing an important ecosystem approach to the integrated management of land, water and living resources. It is an approach that is conceptually simpler to apply to small islands than to more complex areas elsewhere.
 
A full report of the conference is available The third event of its kind, it was organised by the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum, with the support of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, amongst others, and the help of partners in Bermuda.
 
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The JNCC publication Biodiversity: the UK Overseas territories is available online.