Biodiversity overview

St. Helena


JNCC works collaboratively with St. Helena Island primarily through the Environment Section of the St. Helena Government.



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FInd out the latest news on environment in St. Helena from  the website of the Government of St. Helena

The Environment Matters is the Environmental Management Directorate's monthly newsletter.


The St Helena Environmental Management Directorate was officially launched on April 16th, in the presence of His Excellency, Governor Capes, and UK Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The Directorate, headed by Tara Pelembe, is tasked with co-ordinating environmental policy on St Helena.



Funded participation in International conferences/workshops


JNCC is able to support Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies with funding to attend international conferences and workshops.


Protected Areas monitoring workshop, Ascension Island, 4th-8th June 2013

David Higgins, of the Saint Helena Government's Terrestrial Conservation Section, attended the workshop which discussed National Conservation Area across the South Atlantic.

Download David's workshop report (PDF, 252 kb)

Download David's presentation Nature conservation on St Helena (PDF, 3.8 Mb)


Protected Areas monitoring workshop, Ascension Island, 4th-8th June 2013

Kevin James George, of the St Helena National Trust, attended the workshop which discussed National Conservation Area across the South Atlantic. This is seen as an important issue, given the major airport development on St Helena.

Download Kevin's workshop report (PDF, 240 kb)


South Atlantic regional hub


JNCC is coordinating its work in the South Atlantic  through a regional hub, based in the Falkland Islands. For more information contact the (please put OT in the subject line).

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, invasives 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'.


The St. Helena Millenium Forest was the winner of the 2010 Blue Turtle Award.


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 South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

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


St. Helena  Island 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.


Marine Diploma

JNCC has supported 1 person from the Agricultural and Natural Resources Directorate on St. Helena to attend a Marine Biology Diploma course from June 2011 to January 2012.


Education resources

A series of education materials  were produced by Emma Bennett for the South Atlantic Invasive Species Project for use by schools on St Helena. To make the information directly relevant twenty invasive species were selected, each with an impact in the local environment. View and or download these materials here >>>


Environmental Impact Assessment resources

St Helena information on EIAs can be found here. This includes an EIA procedural manual and guidelines for applicants seeking development permission.


Protection of the critically endangered Gumwood habitat at Peak Dale, St Helena

The project aimed to develop an effective working method for the conservation of the critically endangered, endemic St Helena gumwoods at Peak Dale and their associated ecosystem.  The final report is available to download>>

St. Helena Marine mapping Project

JNCC is the lead partner in a Darwin Project entitled 'Mapping St. Helena's marine biodiversity to create a marine management plan'. The project is being implemented by the St. Helena Government. More information can be found here>>

Bastard Gumwood Recovery Project

In 2011 JNCC made a contribution to the Bastard Gumwood Recovery Project on St. Helena.


Invasive Species 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 St Helena were:


  • The implementation of a project to recover the Bastard Gumwood and restore native habitats thus preventing the ongoing spread of invasive alien plant species.
  • The implementation of a programme to clear the highly invasive Pheasant Tail Fern from identified priority areas within the biodiversity rich mountain peaks of St Helena.

Download the project report (PDF, 41 kb).


Images copyright St. Helena National Trust, Emma Bennett, Edward Thorpe and Andrew Darlow.

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