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Royal Geographical Society to host event on UK Overseas Territories

Filmmaker and geographer Stewart McPherson spent three years visiting all UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) in order to research, film and document the wealth of flora and fauna in these remote regions. Hours of footage taken across Britain’s most remote outposts have been edited into a series of documentary films that aim to raise awareness of the wildlife and conservation of the territories.  

09 Feb 2016 | Article

Regional Conservation Forum Helsinki

Message from Helsinki - A special attention to the EU Overseas and BEST Initiative highlighted as innovative financing mechanism

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, held on 14-16 December 2015 in Helsinki, delivered the Message from Helsinki to support mainstreaming biodiversity and inspiring new generations through a series of actions. Special focus was placed on the management of marine ecosystems that are under strong pressure from overfishing, pollution and ocean acidification and a special attention was called for the EU Overseas (Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories). …  

27 Jan 2016 | Article

Fish silhouettes

A new marine reserve in the Atlantic waters around Ascension Island

This year begins on a very positive note from the British government who have announced the future establishment of a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island. Home to large colonies of tropical seabirds, green turtles and some of the largest marlin in the world, it is the latest remote island marine reserve to be declared after the creation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve in March 2015.   …  

12 Jan 2016 | Article

Lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia

The islands at Paris COP21: at the frontline of climate change but the forefront of solutions

“Sentinels of climate change and large oceanic entities” are what islands represent at the frontline of climate change. A reality echoed by representatives from islands at COP21. Also emphasised was how addressing climate change impacts was a matter of national security, as people’s health, food and water supplies are at risk, as well as infrastructures and the islands’ physical and cultural integrity. …  

10 Dec 2015 | Article

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Bulletin BEST 02

Votre deuxième bulletin d'information de l’initiative de l'Union européenne BEST est maintenant en ligne ! …   | English

25 Nov 2015 | Article

Beach of Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands)

Taking action on climate change: islands show the way

At the forefront of the impacts of climate change, islands ask for their concerns to be heard and offer solutions and commitments towards adaptation and mitigation. …  

09 Nov 2015 | Article

BEST 2.0 portal

Lancement d’un appel à propositions pour des projets de conservation dans les territoires d'outre-mer européens

D'importants projets de développement durable et de conservation de la biodiversité dans les pays et territoires d'outre-mer (PTOM) de l’Union européenne (UE) dans les régions Polaire / Subpolaire, Atlantique Sud, Caraïbes, Océan Indien et Pacifique peuvent maintenant faire des demandes de financement. …   | English

14 Sep 2015 | Article

BEST Newsletter 01 cover

The first newsletter of the European Union’s (EU) BEST Initiative is available!

EU Overseas entities host most of the EU’s biodiversity and give it the largest marine territory in the world. Preserving their species and ecosystems is key to sustaining economies well beyond regional boundaries and to meet conservation targets at national, European and international levels. Read more in BEST newsletter!  …  

11 Jun 2015 | Article

Summer Northern Lights in Oulu

La Finlande accueillera le prochain Forum régional de la conservation de l’UICN pour l’Europe, l’Asie du nord et l’Asie centrale

L’UICN annonce qu’Helsinki, Finlande, sera le siège du Forum régional de la conservation 2015 pour l’Europe, l’Asie du nord et l’Asie centrale, du 14 au 17 décembre 2015.   | English | Spanish

27 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

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