JNCC works collaboratively with Montserrat primarily through the Department of Environment of the Government of Montserrat.


Views from Montserrat


Sign up to the JNCC Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies bi-monthly bulletin to keep up to date with the work we are doing in the Montserrat and all the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.


Find out the latest news on environment in Montserrat  from  the website of the Government of Montserrat.



Funded participation in International conferences/workshops


JNCC is able to support the OTs/CDs with funding to attend international conferences and workshops. More information


Forests for People, People for Forests: Forest-based livelihoods in the Caribbean. May 4th - 6th 2010.

Stephen Mendes (Montserrat Government) attended a CANARI regional conference designed to bring foresters, administrators, NGO’s CBO’s and forest users together from across the Caribbean. The programme exemplified policies and practices that support sustainable forest-based livelihoods in the islands of the Caribbean. It focused on raising the standards of person’s dependant on natural resources for their livelihood and raise their awareness to issues such as climate change, poverty alleviation, sustainable consumption and production, and biodiversity conservation.


Download Stephen's conference report (PDF, 90 kb)


Download "Economic valuation of the Centre Hills, Montserrat - Final Report" (PDF, 1841 kb)



Caribbean regional hub


The Caribbean Regional Hub is an online network, managed by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment  that JNCC supports which facilitates professional communities with an interest in combating invasive species, climate change and preserving biodiversity in the Caribbean.

The long term objective of the Hub is to bring together ideas, people, projects, experience, expertise, funds and common resources.


Other areas of support and advice


JNCC also provides support and advice to Overseas Territories in a number of other areas at the request of the UKOT Governments. These areas include economic valuation, climate change, invasive species, accessing funding and multilateral environmental agreements.


Blue Turtle Award


JNCC runs an annual Blue Turtle Award. People are encouraged to nominate Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies groups or individuals who are 'making a difference'.


More information

2011 Geoconservation in the Overseas Territories of the UK by M. Stanley.

The European Commission's OCT Environmental Profiles - these environmental profiles are set in a socio-economic, developmental perspective so that the findings can be used to assist in programming projects in the
framework of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

Amphibians and Reptiles of the UK OTs, CDs and SBAs: Species inventory and overview of conservation and research priorities by Paul Edgar of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

More information on Climate change impacts in the Caribbean OTs.

Environmental Education resources on Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

2009 Implications of climate change for Biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories by J.P. McWilliams.

2007 Environmental Economics in the Overseas Territories.

2006 Non-native species in the Overseas Territories a Review by Karen Varnham.

2005 Review of Ramsar sites in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies by Dr Mike Pienkowski.

1999 snapshot of Biodiversity in Montserrat edited by Dr Vin Fleming and Deborah Procter JNCC.




Training and Research Programme Steering Group


Montserrat is a member of the Training and Research Programme Steering Group which drives the direction of the OT Training and Research Programme.


Research Priorities 2011


JNCC asks the OTs and CDs for information about their top 3 research priorities each year via members of the OT and CD Training and Research Programme Steering Group. These priorities are used to inform a number of funding decisions including the JNCC Research Contributions.



JNCC is  able to support the OTs and CDs with funding to attend environmental training courses.


Climate change adaptation online course

JNCC has supported 1 person from the Montserrat National Trust to attend a course on Adaptation to climate change, online course from January to March 2011.


Climate Change Diplomacy online course.

JNCC has supported 1 person from the Department of Environment to attend a course on Climate Change Diplomacy, from the 21st February to the 15th April 2011.



Model Farm at Geralds

Mr Anderson Kirnon has received resources and access to expertise to enable him to construct a model farm at Geralds, which would increase the productivity of his current livestock unit and promote semi-intensive livestock farming practices. The Montserrat Departments of Environment and Agriculture are collaborating with Mr Kirnon to establish the model farm, which was made possible through a grant from the UK Overseas Territories Environment Programme.

Download the press release (PDF, 386 kb).


Mountain Chicken Project

In 2012, the Darwin Initiative funded the Mountain Chicken Project on Montserrat, which aims to develop a long-term strategy to manage this critically endangered species. The project team have produced the following leaflet/poster (PDF, 1668 kb) and related press release (PDF, 33 kb).


Marine Turtle Conservation Project

In 2011, JNCC made a contribution to the Government of Montserrat to enhance the conservation of marine turtles. The project aims were:


  • To protect green/hawksbill turtle population; and set up a secure hatching area, potentially increasing survivorship of hatchlings. Microchip and tag turtles to establish number of returning females.
  • Raise public awareness of the marine environment / conservation in Montserrat


Download the extract from the full report Status and Exploitation of Marine Turtles in Montserrat (PDF, 1797 kb)


Fire Ant control Project

In 2010, for the International Year of Biodiversity, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has funded a series of invasive species projects across the UK Overseas Territories. This has been coordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Project activities on Montserrat will be:
  • A project management strategy
  • An assessment of the scale and distribution of infestation
  •  A long-term management strategy  and action plan
  •  Reduced incidence of Red Fire Ants
  • A Communication Strategy to raise public awareness


Download the final report (PDF, 129 kb)


Economic valuation of the Centre Hills in Montserrat

JNCC contributed technical assistance to an economic valuation project on the Centre Hills in Montserrat which was carried out from 2007 - 2010.


A short video giving an overview of this project is also available.



Images copyright Geoff Hilton, Carol McCauley and Tara Pelembe.