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Tackling Plastic Pollution

Plastic: We have all seen shocking images like that of a diver in Bali swimming in an ocean of plastic or those of animals being entangled by plastic waste. But just how much of a problem is plastic globally? Plastic is cheap, strong, durable and mouldable but such qualities bring …

BIOT WWI Centenary Stamp Issue 11.11.18

On 11 November, to mark the Armistice at the end of the First World War, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of four stamps and a first day cover portraying different elements of the war: An anti-aircraft gun (60p) A tank, which were first used in …

Bertarelli Foundation BIOT Marine Science Symposium

On Tuesday 11 September, the Bertarelli Foundation’s first marine science symposium took place at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Speakers included some of the world’s leading marine scientists, presenting their work from a wide range of habitats, including open ocean, coral reefs and oceanic islands. The British Indian Ocean Territory’s …

BIOT Children’s Stamp Competition Issue 04.09.18

In March this year, the BIOT Administration launched a competition to design an official stamp for the Territory with the theme “Why are coral reefs and oceans important?”, tying into the International Year of the Reef: https://www.iyor2018.org/ The Administration was delighted with the positive response to the competition, receiving many …

Invasive Non-Native Species Secretariat visit to BIOT

Biosecurity is an inevitable challenge for such a remote and ecologically diverse Territory. Through collaboration with our US partners, the BIOT Administration is proud of our robust biosecurity protocols. However, we are all too aware of the potential devastation that could be caused if further invasive non-native species entered BIOT. …

Rats and Reefs

The devastation that rats, an invasive species, cause to the natural ecosystem of the British Indian Ocean Territory and to reefs around the world should not be underestimated. A new scientific study shows exactly how. Rats were first introduced to the Territory in the 1700s, arriving on ships, and have …

Stamp Design Competition Winners

To celebrate 2018 being the “Year of the Reef”, we launched a Year of the Reef Stamp Design Competition in March. The competition was open to children aged 4-17. The challenge was to design an official postage stamp for the British Indian Ocean Territory on the theme of “Why are …

Conservation Management Plan Workshop Report

The Blue Belt Programme has produced a report setting out what was discussed at the BIOT Administration’s Conservation Management Plan Workshop, which took place on 5 – 6 March 2018. The workshop brought together scientists, academics, representatives from non-governmental organisations and experts on conservation management. The aim of the workshop …

BIOT Plants Stamp Issue 02.05.18

On 2 May 2018, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying a variety of flowering plants: these are all species that are native to the Territory. The plants featured are: Barringtonia asiatica (60p) – also known as the …

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 …