Biodiversity Framework in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

The 14 UK Overseas Territories (OTS) and 3 Crown Dependencies (CDs), collectively and individually, make a significant contribution to global biodiversity and geological diversity.  Many of the species found in the UKOTs and CDs are endemic and so are found nowhere else in the world. Whilst, primary responsibility for biodiversity conservation lies with the respective OT & CD governments, the UK government retains some responsibility for external relations and the international treaties.


Not all UK OTs & CDs have had the CBD extended to them. The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework applies to those UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies which were included in the UK's ratification of the Convention for Biological Diversity in 1994 or have had it extended to them subsequently (namely British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Jersey, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha). 


Together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed a Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories. The Strategy aims to address the needs of the Overseas Territories, and has been built upon an assessment of priorities for biodiversity conservation action carried out by the JNCC.


Responsible Authorities in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies


Further Information and Resources

UK Government: Supporting the Overseas Territories 


Joint Nature Conservation Committee: Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies Programme


The UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum