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Nature links-up the South Atlantic

In March, Tristan's UK Representative Chris Carnegy travelled to St Helena for a series of meetings that shone a spotlight on the natural assets of the South Atlantic.

Report and Photos
from Tristan Government
UK Representative Chris Carnegy

I'd been to St Helena on the RMS, but was intrigued to experience a flight to the new airport - and quite a flight it was. Leaving Johannesburg, we re-fuelled at Walvis Bay in Namibia, and all felt normal until the last phase of the approach. Then, with rocks already looming beside us, the aircraft sharply dropped towards the concrete, a result of the infamous 'wind shear'. Passengers gasped, the pilot applied full power, and we avoided a nasty thump by regaining enough lift to allow a landing on the further half of the runway. Pilots would call that a 'sporting' landing!
Left: Boarding gate at Johannesburg Airport
The Airlink Plane at St Helena Airport on 9th March
Delegates arrive at St Helena (Chris second on the left)

It was the concept of 'natural capital' that brought delegates from many parts of the world to St Helena. The idea is to ascribe a value to many aspects of nature, everything from fish to healthy walks in the countryside. The numbers can then aid decision-making; on building plans, allocation of public funds, conservation work and more. I was invited to chair the first morning, starting with an introduction for the Governor, HE Lisa Honan. Three days of discussions followed, and my report back to the island is brimming with contacts and ideas from the sessions – on topics as varied as tourism development and composting. On behalf of Tristan's director of fisheries Cllr James Glass, who'd hoped to attend but had to relinquish his berth to Cape Town, I also gave two presentations. The first was a general introduction to Tristan da Cunha, while the second explored the importance of Tristan's existing fisheries to its economy and well-being. That talk brought admiring comments from St Helenians, impressed by the financial earnings for the island from a sustainable fishery and by the community joint effort involved.

Chris with Governor HE Lisa Honan
on 10th March

The conference marked the conclusion of a project that has ranged across all the UK south Atlantic territories. It will generate a comprehensive dossier about Tristan, with specific themes including development of the tourist trade, future fishing, and the risk of landslides.

Right: Chris (centre) taking part in the
Blue Belt Workshop on 11th March

Alongside the main conference, I took part in a one-day workshop on the progress of the 'Blue Belt' marine-protection programme across the south Atlantic. The UK's Marine Management Organisation was in town and it's an important time for Tristan: the incoming council will use expert evidence from MMO and others to decide what form of ocean protection is best. Delegates were left in no doubt; this challenge is different to that in St Helena or South Georgia, because Tristan already combines a permanent population, vital commercial fisheries, and a proud tradition of environmental stewardship.

With Ascension Island Conservation Director Dee Baum at the Governor's Residence - Plantation House on 12th March.

HE watches Chris introduce Tristan da Cunha 
to the delegates on 12th March.

Chris making a presentation about Tristan Fisheries on 13th March.

Chris with members of the St Helena Legislative Council on 15th March.

A further appointment was with members of St Helena's Legislative Council. We gathered in their Chamber in Jamestown's Castle and I offered greetings from Tristan and a briefing on issues of joint interest. The two islands will be making similar representations to the UK on long-term funding for the territories after Brexit. Developing our education and training links is a real possibility, especially with the prospect of flights from Cape Town to St Helena. And safeguarding our precious environments will always be a common priority.

The week brought a happy surprise: Neil Foster, who's raised funds for Tristan after having spent time on the island back in 2010, is now working on St Helena as a business adviser. Neil and his family welcomed me into their home for a delightful evening away from the conference bustle. It was great to see him as passionate as ever in support of Tristan (and to meet his daughter Arisa, thought to be the youngest Life Member of the Tristan da Cunha Association!)

Left: Chris with Neil Foster and his family at their St Helena home on 13th March.

This busy and stimulating week brought a host of useful ideas, and also renewed and strengthened links between islands that are joined as well as separated by the waters of the south Atlantic. Oh, and the take-off homewards was wonderfully smooth!

2019 Island Council Election on 26th March

Report from a Public Notice issued by Administrator Sean Burns on 12th March 2019

I am very pleased to report that in accordance with Schedule 1, Section (4), the following candidates have accepted nominations for elections.

Elections will be held on Tuesday 26th March under the supervision of Presiding Officer, Mr Alasdair Wyllie. Details and ballot papers will be circulated in advance.

Nominations – Island Council

Steve Swain, Sarah Glass-Green, Paul Repetto, Rodney Green, Kelly Green , Carlene Glass-Green,

Ian Lavarello, James Glass, Marion Collins, Clive Glass, Beverley Swain, Jason Green and Joanne Green

Nominations – Chief Islander

James Glass and Ian Lavarello

Therefore there are 13 candidates for 8 vacant positions as Island Councillors
In addition, Administrator Sean Burns will nominate a further three councillors.

To be eligible to be elected Chief Islander the candidates must first be elected as an Island Councillor,
although the two elections will be held simultaneously on 26th March.

Photo showing a meeting of the 2016-2019 Island Council held in the Council Chamber on 14th December 2016.
President Sean Burns is at the head of the table,and on his left is Commercial Officer Ann Biddle. Seated around the table, left to right, are Island Councillors: On the left - Paula Swain, Warren Glass, Harold Green;
On the right - Conrad Glass, Lorraine Repetto, Iris Green, Terence Green and Sarah Glass-Green.

2019 Island Council Election

2019 Island Council Elections
Report from Administrator Sean Burns

Tristan da Cunha has a fixed term Island Council of three years. The 2016-2019 Island Council was formally dissolved on Friday 1st March 2019 and arrangements made for nominations to be submitted by Monday 11th March for the new council.

Photo showing a meeting of the 2016-2019 Island Council held in the Council Chamber on 14th December 2016.
President Sean Burns is at the head of the table,and on his left is Commercial Officer Ann Biddle. Seated around the table, left to right, are Island Councillors: On the left - Paula Swain, Warren Glass, Harold Green;
On the right - Conrad Glass, Lorraine Repetto, Iris Green, Terence Green and Sarah Glass-Green.

Nominations

Nomination forms can be collected from the Administrator's Office. The forms must be completed and signed by the candidate (who must be a registered elector) and countersigned by two other registered electors.

No elector may nominate more than eight candidates.

Nomination are for the vacant posts as Island Councillors and for Chief Islander, who must be elected as an Island Councillor in the election to be eligible.

Nomination forms must be given to Alasdair Wyllie (Agriculture Adviser) no later than 1800 on 11th March at the Agriculture Adviser's Office.

Election Day

This will be Tuesday 26th March 2019. See the Public Notice below:

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