Biodiversity overview

The Turks and Caicos Islands


JNCC works collaboratively with the Turks and Caicos Islands primarily through the Department for Environment and Coastal Resources.



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 Turks and Caicos Islands  and all the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.


FInd out the latest news on environment in the Turks and Caicos Islands from  the website of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources,  Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands.




Funded participation in International Conferences and Workshops


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


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 the Turks and Caicos Islands edited by Dr Vin Fleming and Deborah Procter JNCC.




Training and Research Programme Steering Group


The Turks and Caicos Islands 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.


Dr Eric Salamanca, Environmental Research and Development Officer of the Department of Environment and Marine Affairs, Turks and Caicos Island Government,  attended the Second International Symposium on Mangrove as Fish Habitat on April 7-11, 2014 in Mazatlan, Mexico. His reports on the event is available here>> and here>>


ArcView GIS

In June 2011 1 person from the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources in the Turks and Caicos Islands was supported to attend an ARCView GIS Desktop course parts 1 and 2 in London, UK.





Nassau Grouper Project

JNCC has contributed to a research project in the Turks and Caicos Islands to assess and monitor Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) populations and spawning aggregate locations across the Turks and Caicos Islands

Completion: May 2012


Endemic Plant Project - phase 2

JNCC contributed to a research project in the Turks and Caicos Islands for rescue and collection of endemic and endangered plant species for biodiversity conservation.

Completion: October 2011

Download final report (PDF, 87 kb) and photographic supplement (PDF, 795 kb)


Acropora Nursery Project

JNCC contributed to a research project in the Turks and Caicos Island looking at Increasing biodiversity of coral reefs by creating an Acropora nursery

Completion: Summer 2010

Download partial report (non standard format) (PDF, 24 kb)

Download final report (PDF, 138kb) and detailed Appendix (PDF, 554kb)



Endemic Plant Project - phase 1

JNCC contributed to a research project to rescue and collections of endemic and engangered plant species for biodiversity conservation.


Completion: November 2010

Download final report (PDF, 164 kb)



Lionfish 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 the Turks and Caicos Islands will be:


  • Lionfish Public Awareness Campaign. Both the general public and direct stakeholder groups will be properly informed about the Lionfish using various types of media.
  • Equipment purchase. Nets, gloves and collection bags are needed for the continued control of the lionfish in the protected area system. The development of a collection method that is more efficient than nets.
  • Restaurant Initiative. The promotion of the lionfish as a food fish will create a demand and a revenue stream to local fishermen
  • Ongoing population studies. Continuation of data collection on the locations, food preference, and habitat preference will help in the mapping of the lionfish problem.
  • Lionfish Tournament- A yearlong Local lionfish Derby has commenced as of November 01, 2009 and needs support. Funds will go towards promotion of and monitoring of the project. Outcome increased captures and use as food fish.

Download final report (PDF, 114 kb)



Images copyright Dr Eric Salamanca.

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