Sharing ideas with sister island Montserrat

THE Montserrat Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing, and Environment is in the Falkland Islands as part of a Territory to Territory partnership initiative.

Here for one week, Minister Claude Hogan said it was “wonderful” to spend time on the Falklands with his Overseas Territories counterparts. “Montserrat is very keen to further develop the Territory to Territory partnership that we have established, and it is important that we both visit each other’s islands to really understand how we can work together to share and develop ideas,” he said.

Visiting for a week the initiative between the  islands came about last year with the aim of establishing long term links and collaboration on issues the islands have in common, such as fisheries, marine spatial planning, and data management.

The UK Government is facilitating the visit through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee as part of JNCC’s Overseas Territories programme, supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund administered by the FCO.

Significant elements of JNCC’s work in Montserrat are contracted out by JNCC to the Falklands-based South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) and, as such, SAERI staff visited Montserrat last year and earlier this year to provide expertise and support in data management, fisheries and marine spatial planning. Continued page 2