Guidance

Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF): blue belt programme

Information on the CSSF blue belt programme, delivered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with the UK Overseas Territories.

The Blue Belt Programme is a four year programme (2016 to 2020), delivered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with the UK Overseas Territories on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

This programme will help to provide long term protection of over four million square kilometres of marine environment across the UK Overseas Territories.

Funded through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) the programme will support the UK Overseas Territories develop, implement and enforce marine protection strategies.

The programme is initially focused on Territories which have designated, or committed to designating, large scale areas (>50% of their maritime zone, or of recognised international importance) for marine protection and ensuring these areas are effectively managed and enforced. These OTs are:

  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • Pitcairn
  • St Helena
  • Ascension Island
  • Tristan da Cunha

The programme is currently working with the Overseas Territories to identify and develop a number of projects that will:

  • improve scientific understanding of the marine environment
  • develop and implement evidence based, tailored marine management strategies including surveillance and enforcement
  • ensure management is sustainable and long term

It will also provide support for UK Overseas Territories which have not committed to large scale marine protected areas through the UKOT Darwin Plus funding scheme, which will provide additional resource for small scale bespoke marine projects.

Contact

For more information on the Blue Belt programme please contact Programme Directors, Craig McGarvey or Steve Millward

Project partners

Published 19 April 2017