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November Chagossian Heritage Visit

Following the UK Government’s announcement in November 2016 that it would fund an expanded programme of visits for Chagossians to the British Indian Ocean Territory, the first such visit took place at the beginning of November 2017. This saw a group of 18 Chagossians, 11 from the UK and 7 from …

BIOT WRNS 100 Stamp Issue 28.11.17

On 28 November 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of three se-tenant pairs of stamps and a first day cover celebrating the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. The stamps feature women in the Royal Navy today juxtaposed against WRENS throughout …

6th Darwin Plus Grant Round Open

The sixth round of the UK’s Darwin Plus grant scheme is now open. The closing date for applications is 10th October 2017. The aim of Darwin Plus is to help deliver long-term strategic outcomes for the natural environment in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs). Biodiversity in the OTs is globally …

EU Funded Environmental Information Projects

The BIOT Administration received funding from the EU BEST initiative for several environmental information projects in the Territory, which are aimed at raising awareness on protecting species and habitats in BIOT. These projects included information boards, located at key sites on Diego Garcia, as well as environmental brochures and an …

BIOT Corals Stamp Issue 05.09.17

On 5 September 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a souvenir sheet of six stamps and a first day cover featuring several of the coral species found in the Territory. The species of BIOT coral featured in this issue are: Acropora cytherea (60p) Porites evermanni (£1.00) Turbinaria …

BIOT Megafauna Stamp Issue 08.06.17

On 8 June 2017 the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna: species that are all found in the Territory. The fish featured in this issue are: Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus (60p) Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi (£1) Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus (£1.50) …

WWI Aircraft Stamps Released 06.03.17

As part of the First World War Centenary, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration has released a set of six stamps, on 6 March 2017, depicting aircraft used by Britain during WWI. The six planes we have chosen to cover the period of the war and also the different usages are: …

Turtle Stamp Issue Released 16.11.16

On 16 November we are releasing an issue of stamps depicting the two species of turtle that are found in BIOT and celebrates the conservation research that is being done there by Swansea (UK) and Deakin (Australia) Universities. The research group, led by Nicole Esteban (Swansea) and Graeme Hays (Deakin), is assessing …

New Territory Stamp and Coin Issues

STAMPS: This week sees the launch of a new set of BIOT stamps: the literary issue. They celebrate famous British writers and the well known characters they created: Roald Dahl and Fantastic Mr Fox (100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth on 13 September 1916) Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit (150th …

BIOTA Mini-Films Highlighting the Territory

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The BIOT Administration commissioned some mini-films from film maker Jon Slayer, an environmentalist and former Royal Marines Commando Officer, to exhibit the natural wonders of this Territory. The mini-films depict key treasures of the Territory: the reef fish; the islands; the corals; the seabirds and the iconic features of BIOT. Watch …

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