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History

…al period of 50 years and could remain in force for a further 20 years beyond 2016 unless either side gives notice to terminate it in the two years before its expiry – that is, from December 2014 to December 2016. There were updates to these Notes in 1972 and 1976. In 1967 the BIOT Administration acquired the land and the commercial interests of the company operating the copra plantations on the island. As the plantations were in economic…

Planned Heritage Visits for Chagossians 2020/21

…H INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY HERITAGE VISITS FOR CHAGOSSIANS   The British Government announced in November 2016 a support package to fund projects to improve the livelihoods of Chagossians in the communities where they now live. This includes a significantly expanded programme of Heritage Visits to the British Indian Ocean Territory.   Since November 2017, 154 Chagossians have taken part in eight heritage visits. Each group spent…

Planned Heritage Visits for Chagossians 2020/21

…H INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY HERITAGE VISITS FOR CHAGOSSIANS   The British Government announced in November 2016 a support package to fund projects to improve the livelihoods of Chagossians in the communities where they now live. This includes a significantly expanded programme of Heritage Visits to the British Indian Ocean Territory.   Since November 2017, 154 Chagossians have taken part in eight heritage visits. Each group spent…

Marine Protected Area

Chagos Bay

…do this, and we remain committed to working with the Republic of Mauritius to explore all aspects of its interests in relation to the MPA. BIOT’s unique reefs and coral atolls, which include the Great Chagos Bank, the world’s largest coral atoll, are in exceptionally good condition. Coral disease is very low and no marine invasives have been recorded in BIOT waters. Such excellent coral health helped corals in BIOT to recover much more…

Postage stamps

…0 Years First day of issue: 20 November 2017 Corals First day of issue: 05 September 2017 Further information about this issue here. Megafauna First day of issue: 08 June 2017 Further information about this issue here. First World War Aircraft in British Service First day of issue: 03 March 2017 Further information about this issue here. 2016 Sea Turtle Conservation Research First day of issue: 16 November 2016 Information leaflet on turtle…

6th Darwin Plus Grant Round Open

…onment in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs). Biodiversity in the OTs is globally significant. The OTs support unique ecosystems and a large number of rare and threatened species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. It is estimated that the OTs contain an estimated 90% of the biodiversity found within the UK and the Territories combined. A key priority for Darwin Plus is that it should help deliver the UK Governments commitment…

Bertarelli Foundation BIOT Marine Science Symposium

…y area to explore the resilience that large marine reserves offer in the absence of fishing and other pressures from human activity. The symposium began with a recorded message from HRH The Prince of Wales, highlighting the crucial work of science if we are to save our oceans from the stress and damage they are under. The day proceeded with a many leading scientists speaking on their research areas and showing all the work being undertaken in…

2019 Science Expeditions

…The BIOT Administration has permitted 11 science expeditions in 2019 including new research from Plymouth Univesity and the Manta Trust as part of the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science. Already this year we have learned of the role that seabirds play in the health of reef ecosystems; the great migrations of our turtle populations, reaching all the way to East Africa, and so much more!…

1 Jan Seabirds Exped – Diego Garcia and Danger Is.

Download the full Diego Garcia report here: BIOT Seabird Research Expedition Report Diego Garcia January 2019 (PDF) Download the full Danger Island report here: BIOT Seabird Research Expedition Report Danger Island January 2019 (PDF) In January and February 2019, a team from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, as part of the Bertarelli Programme of Marine Science, visited BIOT, for the third year, to conduct research into the importance of the Marine…

CSA Reports

…Dr. Mark Spalding, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration’s independent Chief Scientific Adviser, visits the Territory annually. Following his visit, he writes a report of his recommendations for environmental action based on his opinion and any further observations, new developments and progress on past issues.   2019 CSA Annual Report 2018 CSA Annual Report 2017 CSA Annual Report…

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