Marine and Polar

EU Overseas News

  • French Polynesia Photo: Jerome Petit

    French Polynesian communities lead the way for creating the World’s largest Ocean Sanctuary


    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.  

  • Carole Martinez, NetBiome-CSA Advisory Board Member Photo: Sofia Cordeiro

    European Parliament hosts NetBiome-CSA conference


    The European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) organised the final conference of NetBiome-CSA last Wednesday 6th of April entitled “Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation – A NetBiome Roadmap for European (sub)Tropical Overseas”.  

  • RGS Event Flyer Photo: Royal Geographical Society

    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.

  • Regional Conservation Forum Helsinki Photo: IUCN

    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).

  • Fish silhouettes Photo: (c) Dan Laffoley

    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.  

  • Lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia Photo: Carole Martinez

    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.

  • Cover of BEST newsletter 02 Photo: BEST initiative

    BEST newsletter 02


    The second newsletter of the EU BEST initiative is now online! 

  • Beach of Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands) Photo: Stewart McPherson

    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.

  • BEST 2.0 portal Photo: IUCN BEST

    Launch of call for proposals for conservation projects in Europe’s overseas territories


    Important sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Polar/Subpolar, South Atlantic, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding.

  • BEST Newsletter 01 cover Photo: BEST initiative

    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! 


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