British Virgin Islands (Dependency of the United Kingdom)
Location  Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico 
National websites  National Website
Embassy / Chancery in U.S.  British Dependency, so use British Embassy in Washington DC
Agencies responsible for biological inventory and conservation The Conservation & Fisheries Department
Telephone: 284-494-3701 x 5555
Attn: Chief Conservation Officer   
Non-governmental organizations concerned with conservation British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust 
Contact: 
P.O. Box 860, Road Town
Tortola
British Virgin Islands
tel: (1) (809) 494 3904 or (1) (809) 494 2069
fax: (1) (809) 494 6383

UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF)

Island Resources Foundation

Major Natural Resources In terms of forests or traditional land roaming fauna, the British Virgin Islands are rather sparsly populated. However, BVI has a thriving ecosystem all around its island base. Beautiful bays, coral reefs, and tropical fish are all parts of that Caribbean Sea ecosystem that lives in the area. And while this ecosystem may not be visible to the naked eye, these ecosystems are just as fragile as any other, with humans having the ability to inflict irreparable harm.
Major Environmental and Conservation Issues  The biggest environmental issue concerning the BVI government is the conservation of its beautiful coral reef resources. Coral reef are as complex as tropical rain forests, and can be easily damaged. Currently, three main threats must be controlled to maintain the beautiful ecosystems of the reefs. Those three threats are overfishing, coastal development and population growth, and poorly managed boating, diving and tourism. However, with the government taking better care and preventative measures against these threats, the health of these natural reefs should not be in question.
Statistics Information Sources
Land area 150 sq km  CIA Website
Area of forest 0 CIA Website
Area of wetlands 0 CIA Website
Area of territorial waters 2,600 sq km CIA Website
Population:   Density: ( 124 /Sq. km)

  

UN SYSTEM-WIDE EARTHWATCH Web Site
Area protected (ha) (only areas >1000ha) at all IUCN levels: Fraction of land area protected (%): N/A
Major Protected Areas 2 sea bird sanctuaries
 
 
 

3 Marine Parks

British Commonwealth Online

Island Resources Foundation List of Marine Parks in the Caribbean

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Complete Plant Listing
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World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Animal 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Plants

Extinct Species
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World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Animal 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Plants

Species listed on CITES Appendices


CITES-listed Species Database
Legislation
Laws protecting endangered or threatened species -Endangered Animals and Plants Ordinance 1976 
-Protection of Endangered Animals, Plants & Articles (Removal & Possession) Ordinance 1981
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Laws protecting endangered ecosystems -Wild Birds Protection Ordinance 1961 (as amended) 
-Salt Ponds Ordinance 1959 
-Protection of Trees and Conservation of Soil and Water Ordinance 1954
-Fisheries Ordinance 1979 
-Turtles Ordinance 1959 
-Beach Protection Ordinance 1985
-Land Development (Control) Ordinance 1969 
Signatory to CITES As a dependency, BVI cannot enter into treaties with other countries
Signatory to Ramsar Wetlands Convention As a dependency, BVI cannot enter into treaties with other countries
Signatory to Convention on Biological Diversity  As a dependency, BVI cannot enter into treaties with other countries
Signatory to Migratory Bird Treaty As a dependency, BVI cannot enter into treaties with other countries
Member of International Whaling Commission As a dependency, BVI cannot enter into treaties with other countries
Signatory to other international treaties designed to protect or manage biological resources As a dependency, BVI cannot enter into treaties with other countries
Natural Resource Use Information Sources
Fisheries
Forestry / deforestation negligible forest on BVI  CIA Website
Ecotourism Tourism is the biggest industry on the BVI
Trade in wildlife products
Hunting
Other uses of natural resources
Human Impacts on Natural Resources Information Sources
Air pollution
Water pollution Sewage and Mining/Industry waste contribute to water pollution in the area Tourism and  Coastal Resources Degradation  in the Wider Caribbean: A Study by Island Resources Foundation
Development activities Click here for news about the distruction of BVI coral reefs. Action Atlas
Introduced species
Legislation addressing these issues Beach Protection Ordinance 1985 
Land Development (Control) Ordinance 1969 
UN SYSTEM-WIDE EARTHWATCH Web Site
Restoration and Reintroduction Information Sources
Programs for restoration of damaged habitat 
Programs for ex situ conservation (captive breeding and reintroduction) of endangered species

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Page compiled by Jun Tokeshi as part of a class project in h90 "The Science of Biodiversity and Conservation" (Peter J. Bryant, Instructor), University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA