Although the UK Overseas Territories are self-governing, the UK Government has specific constitutional and legal responsibilities for them.  All territories are highly dependent on the natural environment for their economic and social wellbeing. 

Through the 'Natural Capital in the Overseas Territories'' project, JNCC is working with the Overseas Territories to build on the body of existing work and techniques supported and pioneered by the UK Government.  Part of this work involves developing an outreach programme to help link the Territories to regional partners and initiatives.


In the South Atlantic, the aims of the outreach project are to:

  • build on an existing network of contacts and suite of projects that JNCC has initiated, managed and completed in partnership with the Falklands Islands (through the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI));
  • draw on and transfer experience gained through a series of natural capital and Earth Observation projects funded by JNCC in the Caribbean region and the South Atlantic; and
  • continue to build the contacts and expand the projects in which JNCC has been involved in partnership with NGOs, academic bodies and others in southern Africa.


Southern African outreach: linking the South Atlantic five Territory Network to adjacent states within the southern African sub-continent


Through regional outreach, JNCC is linking the South Atlantic five-territory network to adjacent states within southern Africa, in order to promote working partnerships to identify areas of common interest.  Where needed, JNCC will also help develop projects to achieve partners' needs, using JNCC's skills in natural capital assessment, data management, earth observation, and biological monitoring.


Work so far

Since 2016, JNCC has worked with several partners in southern Africa and developed a series of project proposals, including:

  • sustainable water management and biodiversity conservation in water-scarce, agricultural areas in South Africa and Swaziland;
  • development planning biodiversity database concept plan for catchments in Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique;
  • sustainable use options in Afromontane forest to benefit biodiversity and local communities (Angola) - see the Angola Annual report; and
  • in conjunction with SAERI, assessing the Natural Capital of the Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area (NIMPA) through the review and updating of the NIMPA Management Plan (Namibia and the Falkland Islands).


In addition, JNCC funded a national symposium, held in Pretoria in February 2018, to review the use and implementation of the Ecological Reserve in South Africa which is established in South African law. The following outputs from this event were produced: