United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has several territories in the Caribbean.
The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the dutch in 1648, and passed over to the English in 1672.

The Cayman Islands were colonized by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries. administered from the then British colony Jamaica since 1863, they remained a British dependency until 1962 when the former became independent.

Much of Montserrat was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad due to the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano that began in 1995.

The Turks and Caicos Islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of the Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the Islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands are presently a British overseas territory.

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Mr. Stephen Hall
International & Strategic Partnerships

MSCC Secretariat and Head of UK IOC Office

National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Waterfront Campus

SO14 3ZH UK
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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Dependency of Great Britain, in the West Indies, in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises more than forty islands located about 100 km east of Puerto Rico
  • Area:
    • Total: 153 sq km
      Note: comprised of 16 inhabited and more than 20 uninhabited islands; includes the island of Anegada
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 153 sq km
  • Coastline:
    • 80 km
  • Maritime claims:
    • Exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
    • Territorial sea: 3 NM
  • Natural resources:
    • NEGL

People:

  • Population: 21,730 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality:
    • noun: British Virgin Islander(s)
    • adjective: British Virgin Islander
  • Ethnic groups: black 83%, white, Indian, Asian and mixed
  • Religions: Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, none 2%, other 2% (1991)
  • Languages: English (official)

Government:

  • Country name:
    • conventional short form: British Virgin Islands
    • abbreviation: BVI
  • Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK; internal self-governing
  • Government type: NA
  • Capital: Road Town
  • Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)
  • International organization participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, ECLAC (associate), Interpol (subbureau), IOC, OECS (associate), UNESCO (associate)

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.5% (2002)
  • Industries: tourism, light industry, construction, rum, concrete block, offshore financial center
  • Agriculture - products: fruits, vegetables; livestock, poultry; fish
  • Exports: $25.3 million (2002)
  • Exports - commodities: rum, fresh fish, fruits, animals; gravel, sand
  • Imports: $187 million (2002 est.)
  • Imports - commodities: building materials, automobiles, foodstuffs, machinery
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)

National Policy:

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Marine Affairs
  • Marine Science
  • British National Committee on Oceanic Research. N.A.

Institutional Structure:

      Government Ministries and Departments



      Office of the Chief Minister

 

      Central administration Complex

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

      Tel: 1 284 494 3701 Fax: 1 284 494 6413



      Development Planning Unit

 

      Central Administration Complex

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

      Tel: 284 494 3701 Fax: 284 494 3947



      Trade and Investment Promotion Unit

 

      Chief Minister's Office,

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

      Tel: 284 494 3701 or 494 5007 Fax: 284 494 4435



      Ministry of Education and Culture

 

      Central administration Complex

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

      Tel: 284 494 3701 Fax: 284 494 5018



      Dept of Agriculture

 

      Central administration Complex

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

      Tel: 284 494 3701 Fax: 284 495 1269



      Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour

 

      Central administration Complex

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

      Tel: 284 494 3701 Fax: 284 494 2283



      Ministry of Communications and Works

 

      Central administration Complex

 

      Road Town, Tortola

 

      British Virgin Islands, WI

 

    Tel: 284 494 3701 Fax: 284 494 3873

 


 

 

CAYMAN ISLANDS

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Dependency of Great Britain in the West Indies, in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises three islands: Grand Cayman, located northwest of Jamaica , Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, located about 130km northeast of Grand Cayman.
  • Area:
    • Total: 262 sq km
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 262 sq km
  • Coastline:
    • 160 km
  • Maritime claims:
    • Exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
    • Territorial sea: 12 NM
  • Natural resources:
    • Fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism

People:

  • Population: 41,934 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality:
    • noun: Caymanian(s)
    • adjective: Caymanian
  • Ethnic groups: mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%
  • Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
  • Languages: English

Government:

  • Country name:
    • conventional short form: Cayman Islands
  • Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK
  • Government type: British crown colony
  • Capital: George Town
  • Administrative divisions: 8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western
  • International organization participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate)

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.8% (2002)
  • Industries: tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, construction materials, furniture
  • Agriculture - products: vegetables, fruit; livestock, turtle farming
  • Exports: $1.2 million (1999)
  • Exports - commodities: turtle products, manufactured consumer goods
  • Imports: $457.4 million (1999)
  • Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, manufactured goods
  • Currency: Caymanian dollar (KYD)

National Policy:

  • Marine Affairs Policy
  • Marine Science & Research Policy
  • Coastal Area Policy
  • Environment Policy

Institutional Structure:

      Marine Office, Natural Environment Research Council NERC

 

      European Way, Empress Dock. Southampton S014 3ZH, U.K.

 

      SURREY, U.K. GU8 5UB

 

      Phone: (1703)-595000

 

      Fax:(1703)-56395

 

 


 

 

MONTSERRAT

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Dependency of Great Britain, one of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, southwest of Antigua and northwest of Guadaloupe.
  • Area:
    • Total: 102 sq km
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 102 sq km
  • Coastline:
    • 40 km
  • Maritime claims:
    • Exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
    • Territorial sea: 3 NM
  • Natural resources:
    • NEGL

People:

  • Population: 8,995
    note: an estimated 8,000 refugees left the island following the resumption of volcanic activity in July 1995; some have returned (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality:
    • noun: Montserratian(s)
    • adjective: Montserratian
  • Ethnic groups: black, white
  • Religions: Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Christian denominations
  • Languages: English

Government:

  • Country name:
    • conventional short form: Montserrat
  • Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK
  • Government type: NA
  • Capital: Plymouth (abandoned in 1997 due to volcanic activity; interim government buildings have been built at Brades Estate, in the Carr's Bay/Little Bay vicinity at the northwest end of Montserrat)
  • Administrative divisions: 3 parishes; Saint Anthony, Saint Georges, Saint Peter
  • International organization participation: Caricom, CDB, ECLAC (associate), ICFTU, Interpol (subbureau), OECS

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.6% (2002 est.)
  • Industries: tourism, rum, textiles, electronic appliances
  • Agriculture - products: cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers; livestock products
  • Exports: $700,000 (2001)
  • Exports - commodities: electronic components, plastic bags, apparel, hot peppers, live plants, cattle
  • Imports: $17 million (2001)
  • Imports - commodities: machinery and transportation equipment, foodstuffs, manufactured goods, fuels, lubricants, and related materials
  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

National Policy:

  • Marine Affairs Policy
  • Marine Science & Research Policy
  • Coastal Area Policy
  • Environment Policy

Institutional Structure:

      Office of the Chief Minister

 

      Old Towne, Montserrat, WI

 

      Tel: 664 491 3463 Fax: 664 491 6780



      Government Information Service



      Media Centre

 

      Chief Minister's Office

 

      Old Towne, Montserrat, WI

 

      Tel: 664 491 2702 Fax: 664 491 2711



      Information & Education Unit, Emergency Dept

 

      St John's Village,

 

      Montserrat, WI

 

      Tel: 664 491 7166 Fax: 664 491 2474

 

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      Montserrat Development Unit

 

      Government Headquarters

 

      P O Box 292, Montserrat, WI

 

      Tel: 664 491 2557 Fax: 664 491 4632

 

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TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Caribbean, two island groups in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of The Bahamas, north of Haiti. British dependency in the West Indies.
  • Area:
    • Total: 430 sq km
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 430 sq km
  • Coastline:
    • 389 km
  • Maritime Claims:
    • Exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
    • Territorial sea: 12 NM
  • Natural resources:
    • Spiny lobster, conch

People:

  • Population: 19,350 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality:
    • noun: none
    • adjective: none
  • Ethnic groups: black 90%, mixed, European, or north American 10%
  • Religions: Baptist 40%, Methodist 16%, Anglican 18%, Church of God 12%, other 14% (1990)
  • Languages: English (official)

Government:

  • Country name:
    • conventional short form: Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK
  • Government type: NA
  • Capital: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)
  • Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)
  • International organization participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau)

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4% (1995)
  • Industries: tourism, offshore financial services
  • Agriculture - products: corn, beans, cassava (tapioca), citrus fruits; fish
  • Exports: $169.2 million (2000)
  • Exports - commodities: lobster, dried and fresh conch, conch shells
  • Imports: $175.6 million (2000)
  • Imports - commodities: food and beverages, tobacco, clothing, manufactures, construction materials
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)

National Policy:

    • Coastal Area Policy

      Management Plan for Princess Alexandra Land and Sea National Park, Northwest Point Marine National Park, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The Management Plan describes the management activities that will place the Princess Alexandra National Park and Northwest Point National Park, encompassing the north coast of Providenciales, under active management.

 

  • Environment Policy

    An Environmental Policy for the Turks and Caicos Islands establishes policy on Conservation and Management of Natural Resources including Coastal Resources, Biodiversity Land Management, Solid Waste and Sewage, Fresh Water and Transboundary Pollutants. Also focuses on the importance of public participation, research and educational public awareness in environmental management.