Pew works to protect our shared environment, encourage responsive government, support scientific research, and improve civic life.
The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. The RSPB plays a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations, Birdlife International.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
OUR OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
THESE ARE SOME OF THE MARINE REGIONS WE HOLD THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT
THE THREAT TO OUR OCEAN
With its 14 Overseas Territories, the United Kingdom is responsible for the fifth largest area of ocean in the world, measuring 6.8 million square km, over twice the size of India, and nearly 30 times the size of the UK itself. These waters represent possibly the most diverse marine portfolio on Earth – supporting a high number of rare and threatened species
In 2010, the UK took the first step by establishing the Chagos Marine Reserve. This was followed in 2015 and 2016 by announcements of the UK government’s intention to establish very large reserves around Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. We have the means and the opportunity to take action now to protect additional ocean ecosystems in the Overseas Territories. The Great British Oceans coalition is calling on the UK government to take action to protect special areas of significant environmental importance – by establishing some of the largest, fully protected marine reserves on earth.
As well as taking steps to protect marine areas around the UK mainland, we also need urgent action to safeguard the waters surrounding our overseas territories. We can act now to secure our national marine heritage before the incredible biodiversity in our waters is lost, leaving a lasting global legacy for our oceans and for future generations.
We are currently investigating the feasibility of enhancing marine protections in the waters around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, where seasonal fishing activity is allowed, as well as protecting the marine environment of Tristan da Cunha, while supporting the environmental and economic needs of the local community.