OT and CD News ArchiveStedson Stroud, Ascension Conservation Officer


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  • December: The South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands ACAP plan is now available.
  • December: Issue 2 of JNCC's OTCD News Bulletin is now available.
  • 10 November: 3rd meeting of the Overseas Territories Biodiversity Group (OTBG).
  • October: Action plans for Tristan da Cunha and the Falklands Islands on the Agreement on the Convention of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) are now available.
  • October: A total of 127 colleagues in seven OTs (St Helena, Anguilla, Montserrat, Bermuda, Falklands, South Georgia, Turks & Caicos) have now been on a  course on writing funding applications for environmental projects.
  • October: Stephen Mendes, Rhon Connor, Matt Cottam and Olivia Renshaw have received JNCC funding to participate in international events.
  • October: Issue 1 of JNCC's OTCD News Bulletin is now available.
  • 20 October: Meeting of the Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies (Training & Research Programme) Steering Group (OTCDSG).
  • September: JNCC joined a team of experts from the UK who visited Anguilla between 16 and 25 September 2010, to undertake a critical review of CITES (Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species) implementation. The visit was funded by  the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP)
  • 7 September: The 31st issue of Ascension Conservation Quarterly features an article on a visit to the island by Mark Lambert of Fera (Food and Environment Research Agency).
  • 7 July: Meeting of the Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies (Training & Research Programme) Steering Group (OTCDSG).
  • 8 June: The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) have announced that, following stakeholder consultation, conditional approval has been given to the South Georgia Heritage Trust to proceed with the first phase of the Habitat Restoration Project in FebruaryApril 2011.


GIS trainer with Ascension Conservation Staff copyright Ascension Conservation

  • 7 May: Cross Territory Skill Share: Earlier this year, St Helena and Ascension shared skills between the islands. Len Coleman, the GIS specialist from St Helena visited Ascension for three weeks.  Len trained staff on the use of GIS and AEIOU (Ascension Environmental Information Operations Utility). Various AIG departments, Cable and Wireless, the School and the Police have benefited from Len’s visit. Funding for his trip came from the OTEP endemic plant project (ASC 503).


  • 2 May: The Ascension Conservation and Sea Fisheries Officer, Stedson Stroud has been contacted by a professional associate of the IUCN Species Programme, based in Switzerland. As 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, they were interested in featuring a range of stories on their website throughout the year, relating to conservation and biodiversity. Stedson was asked to provide information about conservation efforts on Ascension Island, focusing on the importance of the work that is being undertaken.
  • 28 April: Meeting of the Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies (Training & Research Programme) Steering Group (OTCDSG). Key discussion items included a report from the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) on work they are doing in the OTs on invasive species; a review of the Steering Group work programme 2010-2012; and an update from each of the territories on new areas of research.  
  • 14 April: 2nd meeting of the Overseas Territories Biodiversity Group (OTBG).
  • 1213 April: UK Overseas Territories students currently studying environmental courses in the UK were invited to an introductory OT Student Workshop, hosted by JNCC.
  • 29 MarchProtecting our Territories from Alien Invaders: Addressing the negative impact of invasive alien species in the UKOTs is a key issue. Recently, Defra has given JNCC £250,000 to focus on tackling this threat. This is a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, and the Overseas Territories themselves have identified their key priorities for this funding. A vast range of activities will be supported from survey work to public awareness campaigns, from eradication and control projects to prevention plans.
  • 812 February: Rhon Connor, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment in Anguilla, attended the 2nd International Conference on Island Invasives: Eradication and Management in New Zealand. He presented a paper entitled 'Of Rats and Birds: Creating a seabirds paradise on Dog Island Anguilla'. Rhon's participation was supported by JNCC.
  • 20 January: Meeting of the Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies (Training & Research Programme) Steering Group (OTCDSG).




  • November: Dr Vin Fleming has been on an advisory visit to the island of St Helena. The visit was a response to requests for advice from St Helena, and focused on providing training in preparing bids for funding to support nature conservation and related activities, especially to funds such as OTEP and the Darwin initiative; raising awareness of the use of economic valuation of ecosystem services as a means of better informing the St Helena Government (SHG) on decisions affecting the environment (and the services it provides to the people of St Helena); providing training in the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to SHG staff and to advise on how St Helena could better implement the Convention.
  • October: A JNCC commissioned report on 'Geoconservation in the Overseas Territories of the UK' is now available online.
  • 29 September: 1st meeting of the Overseas Territories Biodiversity Group (OTBG).


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