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The values of nature in Tristan da Cunha 2019


Tristan da Cunha is the name of a group of islands in the South Atlantic (Tristan, Nightingale, Inaccessible, and Gough Islands), with Tristan being the main and only permanently inhabited island of the group. The archipelago is situated around 2,700 km from South Africa and 3,700 km from the shores of South America, making it one the most geographically isolated island groups in the world.

This report contributes evidence to a series of natural capital assessments (NCAs) undertaken in the UK South Atlantic Overseas Territories. The SAERI NCA project manager visited Tristan da Cunha in November–December 2018 and discussed a range of potential natural capital assessments with the Administrator and Tristan da Cunha Government heads of department. There was interest in Cultural ecosystem services and how these might be affected by future changes on the island. Limited surveys were returned, but this document sets out a brief overview of the findings.

This study was undertaken as part of a programme of Natural Capital Assessments (NCAs) in the UK's South Atlantic Overseas Territories implemented by JNCC and conducted by SAERI. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK Government through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the work sits under the Environmental Resilience programme which includes objectives to integrate natural capital considerations into economic and social development planning.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·03·01

Bormpoudakis, D., Fish, R. & Smith, N. 2019. The values of nature in Tristan da Cunha. Natural Capital in the UK’s Overseas Territories Report Series – Supplementary Report (South Atlantic Region). Contracted report to JNCC.

Contracted report to JNCC as part of the 'Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories: Valuation, Vulnerability and Monitoring Change' project.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Open, cite source of data

Metadata date 2021·01·18

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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