Tristan da Cunha Government News Abroad
News of Tristan government activities in the UK, Europe and elsewhere in the world.

Tristan represented at inaugural DEFRA-OT meeting

Report and photo from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

On August 6th and 7th the UK's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs hosted the inaugural meeting of its Working Group to liaise with the Overseas Territories.

Topics covered included the Blue Belt ocean-protection programme, marine litter, and the implications of Brexit for Tristan's lobster exports to the EU.

Tristan UK Representative Chris Carnegy and Environment Policy Officer Stephanie Martin attended. The event was chaired by DEFRA OT lead Piotr Mahey.

Chris Carnegy (left) with Stephanie Martin and Piotr Mahey
outside DEFRA's London offices.

Wave Dancer hand-over ceremony

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

Photo taken at Berthon boatyard in Lymington,
with Berthon’s project manager Iain Woolgar with Rodney Green by the Wave Dancer

A drone (top right) films as Wave Dancer berths after sea trials off Lymington

The Wave Dancer, a fisheries patrol boat from Tristan da Cunha, has been refurbished as part of the UK Government's Blue Belt Programme. It was handed over to Rodney Green from the Tristan Fisheries Department on 25th July at the Berthon Marine Shipyard in Lymington, Hampshire.

Tristan represented at Small Satellite Business Conference

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

A Small Satellite Business Conference was held on 4th July 2019 at the European Space Agency facility in Oxfordshire. Businesses involved in the emerging small-satellite sector gathered to look at opportunities and challenges for the future.

Chris Carnegy with Christian von der Ropp outside the ESA building

A finance panel discussed business models and I asked whether a market as small and remote as Tristan might attract operators to offer direct broadband service from space. Some delegates are involved in providing internet access to remote and developing economies, and suggested that there are models where the ‘customer’ is not the same as the ‘end user’ - so a business, or a non-profit organisation, might sponsor the connection.

The prospective under-water cable to St Helena was described by telecoms consultant Christian von der Ropp.
It would make possible a south Atlantic ground-station for satellite operators such as OneWeb
- this picture shows him explaining how their footprint would reach Tristan.

Delegates network over lunch

Lord Ahmad's statement on Tristan da Cunha after severe storms

The Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN explains how the UK is working to support the local government of Tristan da Cunha after severe storms.
22-Jul-2019
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Tristan represented at Cayman Islands' UKOT Meetings

Important planning for UKOT trade and Brexit
2-Jul-2019
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Tristan represented at US Emergency Planning Workshop

Two-Day sessions for UK Overseas Territories
21-May-2019
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New Chief Islander's London meetings

James Glass' first UK visit on his fourth term as Chief Islander
12-May-2019
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Nature links-up the South Atlantic

Tristan represented at March 'Natural Capital' meetings at St Helena
20-Mar-2019
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Blue Belt talks at London Zoo

Event organised by the Marine Management Organisation
17-Jan-2019
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