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Turks and Caicos Islands technical assistance programme for effective coastal-marine management

An international partnership led by JNCC was awarded Darwin Plus funding in 2020 to undertake a 3-year project in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). JNCC, the TCI Government Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) will be working together to improve the evidence base in the marine and coastal environments in order to support sustainable coastal and marine management approaches in the islands.

This project will see DECR technical leads working with JNCC scientific experts to build capacity in using information management systems, developing environmental indicators and conducting environmental status assessments for coastal and marine environments. Throughout the life of the project, stakeholder engagement will be conducted with local communities, science professionals and decision-makers to raise awareness of the services and value provided by TCI’s coastal and marine environment and to share the project outputs.

An aerial photo of Grand Turk Island. A cruise ship is in port in the foreground

Problem the project is trying to address

The project will address the following priorities of the TCI which to date have not been addressed through previous or current projects:

  • Support the development of the TCI Government’s (TCIG) new Environment Strategy and its request to JNCC for in-depth technical support to achieve this and for other projects/programme.
  • Maximise the TCI Government's use and access to existing and newly emerging data from past and current projects and maximise connectivity between projects including the SAERI-led project 'Developing Marine Spatial Planning tools for TCI' (DPLUS094) and the eftec-led 'Caribbean Overseas Territories Regional Natural Capital Accounting Programme' (DPLUS108), which JNCC partner on.
  • Build, in collaboration with other Darwin Plus projects, on-island IT capacity, and implement knowledge transfer to build specialist skills and expertise for the long term.
  • Build evidence on marine-coastal natural assets to support informed decision making, and build local capacity to undertake comprehensive marine/coastal monitoring to inform asset status/condition.

 

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Expected outcomes

  • Work package 1 – A natural capital evidence base and tools, developed through a capacity-building process with TCI Government (TCIG) staff.
  • Work package 2 – Completed status and vulnerability assessments for marine-coastal habitats within TCI territorial waters based on best-available evidence through capacity-building processes with TCIG staff.
  • Work package 3 – Marine indicators to monitor changes in marine-coastal natural capital, enabling progressive adoption of a monitoring programme developed through capacity-building processes with TCIG staff.
  • Work package 4 – Building TCIG staff capacity in natural capital approaches and raising awareness through community engagement and communications.

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Project outputs

Project outputs will be added when available.

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Project partners and sponsors

Logos of Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Turks and Caicos Islands Government, JNCC, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute and the Darwin Initiative

The project is funded by the Darwin Initiative through the UK Government Darwin Initiative’s project DPLUS119.

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