NMSC Case Study
In May 2012, NSMC (North Sea Marine Cluster) published a case study examining the Chagos Archipelago. The report was commissioned to help inform consideration of how the goal of protecting the marine habitats and species around the Chagos can be achieved. The findings were that:
For detail and the full report visit: NSMC Report on Chagos
BIOT Interim Conservation Management Framework
There is currently no final MPA Management Plan, but an Interim Conservation Management Framework has been drawn up by the BIOT for 2014 to 2015. This is an "Interim" plan because it recognises that UK and BIOT Government policies in the Territory may change following the decision on resettlement in November 2016 and the Marine Protected Area legal challenges (Bancoult 3) which continues and is due to be heard by the Supreme Court on 28 June 2017. Any final plan will also need to take account of the ITLOS Tribunal Award and the international law rights of Mauritius.
The Framework is an ambitious list of "proposed actions" some of which were already in progress before the MPA was created and some of which have not yet commenced. As such it is in part a 'wish list' rather than an indication of an intense scientific campaign in progress in the Chagos. The reality is that between 1 and 2 scientific expeditions take place each year for about 3 weeks each. It remains a remote and inaccessible place where it is very expensive to conduct scientific research. More details of the science can be found at Chagos Science.
The Framework can be downloaded from the link below.
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