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News from JNCC
Invited by Defra to join the UK delegation to CBD SBSTTA 16 in Montreal, JNCC supported the attendance of Liz Charter (Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Isle of Man<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...>) and Samia Sarkis (Department of Conservation Services, Bermuda<http://jncc.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...>), to represent the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. You can find their reports of the proceedings on the relevant territory page. The meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's 16th Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice ran from April 30th until May 5th 2012.
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UK Government News
Endangered sharks will be given greater protection following the signing of an international agreement<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> on the conservation of sharks. The agreement was signed by Richard Benyon on behalf of the UK and a number of Overseas Territories. Adopted under the Convention of Migratory Species it will help develop management measures to protect threatened species such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks. Many of these sharks are not only found in UK waters, but in the waters of UK Overseas Territories making their involvement crucial in ensuring these animals receive the protection they need.
The Overseas Territories: Security, Success and Sustainability<http://jncc.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...> - On 28th June 2012 the UK Government published a White Paper setting out its overall approach to the Overseas Territories. Its vision is for the Territories to be vibrant and flourishing communities, proudly retaining aspects of their British identity and generating wider opportunities for their people.
EU OCT News
The European Commission on Regional Policy (INFOREGIO) has published further papers<http://jncc.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...> on the EU's Outermost Regions, including 'Towards a partnership for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth' and 'the Outermost Regions - European regions of assets and opportunities'.
From the Arctic to the Tropics: Green Growth in the Overseas Countries and Territories. This meeting was held on 10th July 2012, at the European Parliament, Brussels.
Presentations and discussion focused on the need to enhance regional cooperation to contribute to economic, social and environmental development in the OCTs. The presentations and documentation are available at the European Bureau for Conservation & Development<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> (ebcd).
Other OT and CD opportunities
Training opportunities at Durrell for island conservationists
The International Training Centre (ITC) of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has provided hands-on training for more than 3300 conservationists from more than 135 countries since it was established in the mid-1980s. They now run more than 18 courses per year, ranging from five day courses in Managing Conservation Projects through to year-long Masters Programmes in Conservation Science in collaboration with world-leading universities, such as Imperial College, London and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent. Through the training programme they’re able to draw on Durrell’s wider experience of saving endangered species worldwide, in particular on islands in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ITC is keen to see more people from the UK Overseas Territories taking up the opportunity to study with them on one of their established courses in Jersey, or by an organisation hosting one of their courses on the Territory. If you’d like to find out more about training opportunities please contact Jamie Copsey<mailto:jamie.cop...@durrell.org> or go to http://www.durrell.org/training<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> to download a training prospectus.
St Helena invites OT and CD SG members to collaborate on a Darwin bid
There is a requirement for St Helena Government to deliver frameworks and management plans for 23 proposed National Conservation Areas. Currently there are 4 proposed types; Historic Conservation sites (archaeological sites and sites of historic and cultural importance), Important Wirebird Areas (focusing entirely on the endemic Wirebird), National Parks and Nature Reserves (of which some are coastal i.e. coastal stacks). To ensure that these proposed areas progress from the ‘theoretical’ to actual there needs to be collation of further evidence and the formulation of principles, a framework and individual management plans. The entire process will involve community participation. If you are interested in a collaborative project, please contact Nikki Chapman<mailto:m.nconservat...@environmentalmanagement.gov.sh>.
Bermuda's Blue Halo Unveiled
An interesting article on the Bermuda initiative is in the latest issue of the Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy Project<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> newsletter (July 2012). Sited in Bermudan waters, the proposed marine reserve would surround the island with an the inner zone to include an area fished commercially and be used for sport and food. The outer area, or “Blue Halo,” would become the largest no-take marine reserve in the Atlantic, demonstrating Bermuda’s leading role in global marine conservation.
Caribbean challenge initiative in the BVI
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher, to advance understanding of how changing climate scenarios may impact the tropical ocean's carbon cycle and ultimately biodiversity. The Fellowship research will be part of a broader effort aimed at examining links between climate change and coral reef stress. Research carried out by the successful candidate will be focused on an evaluation of ecosystem-level effects of ocean acidification. It may also address a suite of ecological questions related to biophysical and chemical processes that influence corals and other calcifying organisms as well as other reef associated fauna. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have the primary responsibility for designing and implementing field and laboratory experiments.
Application forms must be submitted to Dr Carrie Manfrino, Director of Research and Conservation, CCMI. ccmiapplicati...@reefresearch.org<mailto:ccmiapplicati...@reefresearch.org>. Please follow the link for an application form<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...>.
JNCC Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), BOEM Protected Species Observer (PSO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Training Courses
Intelligent Ocean has set the next JNCC MMO, BOEM PSO (Gulf of Mexico) and PAM training courses in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Please refer to their website<http://jncc.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...> for details of time, location and course content. You will also find details of local accommodation nearby. To book a course please use the online booking system.
Vacancy on Montserrat
The Ministry of Agriculture on Montserrat have an opening for Special Advisor on Environmental Management to support the on-going development and investment activity on island. This is an international recruitment for a posting of 2 years. Deadline for applications is Friday August 17th, 2012. Details on the vacancy, including terms of reference and how to apply, can be found on the jobs.gov.ms<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> website.
The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...>, Australia’s largest integrated invasive animal research programme, are inviting applications for 19 PhD scholarships<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...>, offered in research projects covering ecology, virology, molecular biology, natural resource modelling, sociology, socio-economics and herbivore fertility control. Applications for study commencing in 2013 close on 17th August 2012.
Join the CaribbeanHub<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> for networking and information share in the Caribbean.
Financial support<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> is available for training courses and conference attendance.
Defra OT enquiries email address: ukotenquir...@defra.gsi.gov.uk<mailto:ukotenquir...@defra.gsi.gov.uk>.
FERA's government-funded, free plant pest identification service<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> for the UK’s OTs and CDs. For more information contact Chris Malumphy (Project Manager) or Sharon Reid (Project Co-ordinator): u...@fera.gsi.gov.uk<mailto:u...@fera.gsi.gov.uk>
The EU Environment Directorate-General web resource relating to the marine environment<http://jncc.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...>.
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Here is our seventh news bulletin updating you on what the JNCC OT and CD programme has been doing – plus other information that you might find interesting.
If you have any news you’d like us to add in the next bulletin, please send to john.hensonw...@jncc.gov.uk<mailto:john.hensonw...@jncc.gov.uk>.
We look forward to your thoughts and feedback.
JNCC OT and CD Team
The customized training materials and presentations of the recent Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) workshop, held in the Caribbean (23rd-26th April 2012, Jamaica), may be of interest. Participating territories included Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. Participating regional organisations included CARICOM, CCCCC, OECS, ACS and UNEP. All workshop materials are available online<http://jncc.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...>.
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) scientific body evaluated major fisheries in the region to determine whether natural fish populations remain healthy and where fisheries management controls are necessary. The eighth annual Scientific Meeting<http://jncc.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f6170957...> met from 20th-30th June 2012, in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, with fisheries scientists from 12 of 17 CRFM member States participating.
The Regional Workshop for Caribbean Region on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans - Organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will assist countries from the Caribbean Region in revising and updating their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan.
Dates are 5th-7th September 2012, at Saint James (Port-Of-Spain), Trinidad and Tobago. For details contact the CBD Secretariat (telephone:+1 514 288 2220 or fax:+1 514 288 6588 or email secretar...@cbd.int<mailto:secretar...@cbd.int?subject=Regional%20Workshop%20for%20Caribbean%20Region%20on%20Upda ting%20National%20Biodiversity%20Strategies%20and%20Action%20Plans%20-%20In quiry> or visit their website<http://jncc.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=205a2a3660eb825f617095...>.
And a reminder that JNCC may be able to provide funding to support participation at this meeting. Visit our website for more details about the process.
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