Posts by: Karen Mentiply

St Helena Recognised as an International Marine Hope Spot

Today, Monday 13 November 2023, international marine conservation organisation Mission Blue officially recognised St Helena’s Marine Protected Area as a Hope Spot. Hope Spots are recognised as special places, being one of a kind areas of ocean that are scientifically identified for their uniqueness, and most importantly their community’s contribution and efforts in maintaining or […] Read more...

Launch of the next round of Darwin Plus Local

Darwin Plus Local is a new scheme within the existing UK government’s Darwin Plus fund, which funds projects to protect the unique biodiversity and improve resilience to climate change within the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). Darwin Plus Local has been introduced to support small scale environmental projects exclusively in the UKOTs, with the aim of […] Read more...

UKOTA Newsletter

Our latest Newsletter is now available and can be viewed on our website using the link HERE Alternatively access via the dropdown menu in the Newsletter & Resources Tab Read more...

World Oceans Day

In November – December 2022 the RRS Discovery travelled 9000 miles to the remote islands of Ascension and St Helena. Run as part of the UK Government’s Blue Belt Programme, this scientific expedition visited areas of previously uncharted ocean within the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of these south Atlantic islands. Introduced by international musician and […] Read more...

Blue Belt Programme and Work with the OTs

Read about the great work being done in the Overseas Territories.  Pitcairn’s citizen scientists highlight the coral reefs of the Pitcairn Islands as a biodiversity superpower.  Turks & Caicos Islands are working hard to ensure effective marine protection in their waters and read about the highlights from the DY159 expedition as they survey the marine […] Read more...

Jonathan’s Birthday Weekend

Johnathan, the world’s oldest tortoise, celebrates his 190th birthday this weekend on St Helena even capturing the attention of BBC’s Newsround.  Find out more HERE BBC Breakfast’s tweet of this momentous occasion can be seen here Read more...