The Falkands Islands

The Falkands Islands

Mrs. Sukey Cameron MBE the UK Representative of the Falkland Islands Government announced that she will  retire from the post in October 2019, after 36 years of service within FIG, 29 of which were as UK Representative. Wishing her having great time ahead, we  extend sincere thanks for the highly  appreciated cooperation on the issues of innovation for sustainable growth of the Falklands Islands  as one of the  Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.

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Construction of accommodation for overseas labor in Falkland Islands

Construction of accommodation for overseas labor in Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands Government has set out an ambitious program to deliver significant capital and infrastructure projects over the next five years. These projects include a new power station, the development of a new port, improvements at the MPA passenger terminal, a Vulnerable Persons Unit and expansion of the King Edward Memorial Hospital.

 The government also has an ongoing comprehensive roads, infrastructure and house-building program. As well as offering job opportunities for local people the ambitious development program will require overseas construction labor and therefore there is a requirement to provide accommodation for this workforce who will be contracted to build and operate the various facilities.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 19/ 2017 – SAERI

OCTA Innovation Issue 19/ 2017 – SAERI

South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) based in Falkland Islands, is undertaking important scientific research in the South Atlantic and beyond. With annual turnover 1 million €, 8 PhD students it is a great scientific partner for visiting researchers and collaboration worldwide. Contact Tara Pelembe.

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. SAERIs vision is to be an internationally recognised academic institute, based In the Falkland Islands, operating in the South Atlantic from the equator down to the ice in Antarctica, conducting world class natural and physical science research, teaching students, and building capacity within and between the UK South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

The scientific mission is to advance environmental understanding in the South Atlantic through research excellence and innovative science leadership, using unique expertise to share, communicate and apply skills and findings.

SAERI continues to grow and develop since its inception. The range of work has extended beyond the South Atlantic to implementing Territory to Territory partnerships in the Caribbean.


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South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute

South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI), is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. SAERIs vision is to be an internationally recognised academic institute, based In the Falkland Islands, operating in the South Atlantic from the equator down to the ice in Antarctica, conducting world class natural and physical science research, teaching students, and building capacity within and between the UK South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

The scientific mission is to advance environmental understanding in the South Atlantic through research excellence and innovative science leadership, using unique expertise to share, communicate and apply skills and findings.

SAERI continues to grow and develop since its inception. The range of work has extended beyond the South Atlantic to implementing Territory to Territory partnerships in the Caribbean.

Short description

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) remit includes the natural and physical sciences. It aims to conduct world class research, teach students, and build capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories. It is also an IMS-GIS Data Centre.

Experience in international cooperation and research

Experience in coordinating research opportunities in natural and physical sciences in the wider South Atlantic and South Georgia as well as working with other research institutes to offer placements to students. Recent projects include Inshore fisheries, seaweed biodiversity, South Georgia Future Sciences, Best III, the ‘Gap’ Project, Marine Spatial Planning, South Georgia Patagonian Toothfish.

Main networking interests / added value

Experience in bringing together international delegations on research in natural and physical sciences.

Contact person and email

Dr Paul Brickle, pbrickle@env.institute.ac.fk

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Biodiversity and ecosystem services in OCTs (BEST 2.0)

Biodiversity and ecosystem services in OCTs (BEST 2.0)

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is in charge of coordinating the BEST 2.0 project for the South Atlantic Overseas Territories (SAOTs) and covers the following areas: Ascension Island, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the Falkland Islands.

The BEST 2.0 Programme is a funding facility, supported by the European Commission as part of the EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) flagship. It aims to support the objectives of the BEST Initiative by facilitating the continuation of important environmental and conservation work. It does this by providing grant funding for small-scale and medium-scale field actions on the ground for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

The OCTs are found in five regions around the world:

– Pacific
– Caribbean
– South Atlantic
– Indian Ocean
– Polar and Sub-Polar

The most significant achievement for the South Atlantic hub has been the success of the Small and Medium Grants call.

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OCT to OCT partnership building

OCT to OCT partnership building

This project is a great example of OCT to OCT partnership, here between the Falklands Islands Government Institute (SAERI) and the Government of Montserrat (GoM), to transfer knowledge and skills from the South Atlantic to the Caribbean. This skills and knowledge transfer focuses on information management and Marine Spatial Planning. The project is facilitated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

The aim of the project is to enhance the GoM’s data collection systems in accordance with best practices for sustainable governance and management and to transfer knowledge and skills from the South Atlantic to the Caribbean.

The objectives of the project are to assist the government of Montserrat to:

1. Formulate a data infrastructure appropriate to the islands needs to support its Marine and Terrestrial spatial planning in the context of environmental management and socio-economic development;
2. Improve the legal framework for sustainable management and use of the ocean resources; and
3. Formulate a strategy to implement Marine Spatial Planning and produce a Marine Spatial Plan in the context of environmental management and socio-economic development.

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Marine Spatial Planning in the Falkland Islands

Marine Spatial Planning in the Falkland Islands

The Marine Spatial Planning project (MSP), currently in ‘Development Phase’, focuses on a number of key areas, including a case-study undertaking an assessment of current fisheries closures as potential sites for marine conservation around the Falklands. Through this case study, fisheries closure areas across the Falklands have been reviewed to see how they fulfil the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The findings of this case study will be consulted on with the Falkland Islands stakeholder community and the resultant report shared with FIG.

Another area of focus for the project will be legislation – specifically, a review of current legislation, identifying legislative gaps which need addressing in order to successfully implement a robust marine spatial plan. The findings of this review, alongside a proposal looking at options for developing a long-term MSP strategy, will be delivered to the Executive Council of the Falkland Islands Government.

Key to the success of this second phase will be effective stakeholder engagement, a core principle of the project from when it started over two years ago.

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