BEST, standing for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas, was under the spotlight at the IUCN 2016 congress as an effective initiative facilitating international island conservation and sustainable development.
The EU Overseas  have reached and bypassed the target of marine protected areas (MPAs) set down in the Aichi 2010 declaration- a globally agreed target.
The Sargasso Sea Commission has released a brochure highlighting challenges to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction
Few weeks before the World Conservation Congress (WCC), the Islands Journey is online aiming at providing useful information on Island Bright spots and Island related events that will take place at the WWC in Hawai’i.
Following the U.S.-Nordic meeting in 2013 in Stockholm where the United States and the Nordic countries committed to joining and implementing the Paris Agreement, further steps have been taken in providing leadership on climate finance and science-based goals to protect the Arctic and its people.
Following the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change that took place in October 2014 on Guadeloupe Island, you are invited to contribute to an open and participatory monitoring on the progress made on the Message from Guadeloupe - a 5-year roadmap defining commitments and strategic actions to counter biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (ORs and OCTs).
Indian Ocean, Polar/Sub-polar and South Atlantic regions are now able to seek funding for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
Sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding.
New BEST Projects selected! The European Commission has selected 8 medium-scale and 8 small-scale projects to be awarded grants, providing essential support in Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
Communities from the Austral Islands, a remote archipelago comprising of five inhabited islands south of Tahiti have announced they want to create what would become the World’s largest ocean sanctuary – 1 million square kilometres (386,000 square miles) around French Polynesia, 163,000 square kilometres (63,000 square miles) larger than the current largest sanctuary of United Kingdom’s Pitcairn Islands.