Pitcairn Islands


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

Pitcairn has received one Darwin Initiative funded project, Strengthening biosecurity for remote Territory communities and their World Heritage (DPLUS095), read the project report (PDF).

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). Pitcairn 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. Read further details (external link).

The Blue Belt Programme seeks to enhance long-term sustainable marine protection strategies for the UKOTs, and provides £20 million of funding over 4 years (2016 to 2020), also funded by CSSF and delivered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). The Programme assisted the Pitcairn Islands Government in drafting of new Marine Conservation Regulations, together with the development of an MPA management plan, and training on MPA management planning. Reports and further information can be found here.

An EU-funded project, “PROTEGE”, began in 2019 with an invasive species management component, led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). PROTEGE is an integrated project aiming to reduce the vulnerability of human and natural systems to the impacts of climate change by increasing adaptation capacity and resilience. It also aims to improve management, conservation and sustainable resource use of biological diversity and water resources. It is funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the territories of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis-and-Futuna and Pitcairn for a 4 years period. The overall objective is to build a sustainable development and resilient economy for the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) to face climate change by improving biodiversity and naturally renewable resources. Outcome 4 concerns invasive species: Alien Invasive Species are managed to reinforce the protection, resilience and restoration of ecosystem services and terrestrial biodiversity. The project includes the development of an invasive species strategy and invasive species management plans.

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