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6th Darwin Plus Grant Round Open

The sixth round of the UK’s Darwin Plus grant scheme is now open. The closing date for applications is 10th October 2017. The aim of Darwin Plus is to help deliver long-term strategic outcomes for the natural environment in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs). Biodiversity in the OTs is globally …

EU Funded Environmental Information Projects

The BIOT Administration received funding from the EU BEST initiative for several environmental information projects in the Territory, which are aimed at raising awareness on protecting species and habitats in BIOT. These projects included information boards, located at key sites on Diego Garcia, as well as environmental brochures and an …

BIOT Corals Stamp Issue 05.09.17

On 5 September 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a souvenir sheet of six stamps and a first day cover featuring several of the coral species found in the Territory. The species of BIOT coral featured in this issue are: Acropora cytherea (60p) Porites evermanni (£1.00) Turbinaria …

BIOT Megafauna Stamp Issue 08.06.17

On 8 June 2017 the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna: species that are all found in the Territory. The fish featured in this issue are: Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus (60p) Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi (£1) Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus (£1.50) …

BIOTA Mini-Films Highlighting the Territory

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The BIOT Administration commissioned some mini-films from film maker Jon Slayer, an environmentalist and former Royal Marines Commando Officer, to exhibit the natural wonders of this Territory. The mini-films depict key treasures of the Territory: the reef fish; the islands; the corals; the seabirds and the iconic features of BIOT. Watch …