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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 …

Conservation Management Plan 2018 – 2023

On 5 – 6 March 2018, the BIOT Administration hosted a workshop in London to begin the process of developing a new Conservation Management Plan for the Territory. The workshop brought together scientists, academics, representatives from non-governmental organisations and experts on conservation management. The aim of the workshop was to …

Design a Stamp Competition for Children

Year of the Reef: Design a Stamp Competition 2018 is the Year of the Reef and to celebrate, we are running a competition for children aged 4 – 17 years old to design an official postage stamp for the British Indian Ocean Territory. The design theme is “Why are coral …

Chagossian Heritage Visit Feb 2018

Following two visits that took place towards the end of 2017, the third in the expanded programme of Chagossian heritage visits took place in mid-February. The programme of visits is primarily aimed at first generation Chagossians and offers an opportunity for them to visit the islands. This visit saw a …

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