The Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme (external link) is a collaboration between European conservation institutions and the governments of Montserrat and Dominica to save this species from extinction. It is focused on ex-situ captive breeding of the Mountain chicken, and the first population of Mountain chickens arrived back in Montserrat in 2019. 

In 2010, for the International Year of Biodiversity, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), funded a series of invasive species projects across the UK Overseas Territories, coordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Project activities on Montserrat were aimed at investigating control of Red fire ants (external link):

  • A project management strategy
  • An assessment of the scale and distribution of infestation
  • A long-term management strategy and action plan
  • A Communication Strategy to raise public awareness

Areas undergoing vigorous treatment, such as the recreational grounds in Little Bay, showed a reduction in Red Fire Ant colonies. 

Drawing on commitments made under the Environment Charter, Overseas Territories Environment Programme(OTEP) 11 OTEP funded projects (external link) were delivered in total between 2004 and 2012.

Montserrat has received a number of Darwin Initiative funded projects, mainly associated with the marine environment, listed below. Find details with links to project reports (external link):

  • Upgrade and revision of reef survey resource (DPLUS004)
  • Seed conservation in the Caribbean UKOTs (DPLUS006)
  • Maximising long-term survival prospects of Montserrat’s endemic species and ecosystem-services (DPLUS049)
  • Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat (DPLUS066)
  • The Montserrat Recycling and Waste Reduction Initiative (DPLUS078)
  • Improving Sustainability of Marine Management in Montserrat (DPLUS079)
  • Regional-scale marine conservation through multi-territory tracking of frigatebirds (DPLUS097)
  • Restoring and safeguarding wetlands of the Caribbean UKOTs (DPLUS098)

The project ‘Tackling invasive non-native species in the UK Overseas Territories’ was implemented between 2016 and 2020 to strengthen biosecurity in the OTs, funded by the UK government Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). Montserrat benefitted from a number of activities to strengthen its biosecurity, including: pathway analysis, horizon scanning, pathway action planning, legislative support for drafting biosecurity legislation, access to online learning, and technical support. Find further details (external link).

Montserrat was involved in the CSSF project ‘Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories’ from 2016 to 2019, and delivered to four OTs in the Caribbean by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). The programme of work involves mapping and valuing the participating OTs natural capital assets through integrating ecological data, satellite data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and economic assessments. Find project details and reports (external link).

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