What can I do to help the Saint Brandon Conservation Trust?

Our Trust requires assistance from volunteers and conservation enthusiasts around the world. Our Conservator Programme offers activities such as island cleanups, educational awareness campaigns, or programmes to help endangered animals.

External to the programme we also host several webinars, for schools, companies or anyone interested and encourage you to participate.

In addition, we also encourage you to donate to your favourite cause and see how your contribution is being used. You can find out more about how to get involved with the Trust here

What rights does the Saint Brandon Conservation Trust have over the islands of St. Brandon?

The Trust has an agreement with the resident fishing company based on the thirteen islands over which the latter has a permanent grant. The remaining seventeen or so islands belong to the State of Mauritius and are under their care.

How does the Saint Brandon Conservation Trust collaborate with NGOs and the local community?

Our collaboration with NGOs and other organisations is also of crucial importance for us and for the success of our work. We work closely with several organisations, including universities, conservation NGOs as well as others, committed to different but complementing areas of our work and are grateful to have varied but steady support of our objectives.

Whilst there were no indigenous people when the islands were first discovered, approximately 30 Mauritian nationals now make up the local community of St. Brandon. They live and work in the islands and support their family members back in Mauritius with their earnings. The Trust is committed to making the islands more accessible to Mauritians, especially to schoolchildren and those with less access to economic resources.

What are the main ecological issues facing the Islands of St. Brandon?

The islands face both natural disasters as well as man made threats. Whilst commercial hand line fishing in the area is highly controlled, action to prevent illegal fishing is difficult due to limited human presence on the remote islands. This underlines the importance of the implementation of our Conservator Programme, following the 1998 recommendations by the World Bank to appoint personnel to live on the islands and better monitor fishing activities on the atoll.

With the conservator programme we now have in place, we aim to address issues such as the protection of endangered species and the pollution caused by shipwrecks. The combination of the work done on the ground as well as your participation in the activities we offer, the programme will add an important additional layer of security and protection for the entire ecosystem as well as the people and visitors of St. Brandon.

How is the conservation of the Islands of St. Brandon funded?

The Trust funds its conservation efforts through the kind donations of our supporters and partners. In addition, our various opportunities for involvement with the Trust, allow us to further our goals with the help of our volunteers and participants. This means everyone is able to contribute either financially or by investing their time and skills to help the Trust.

We also work closely with a number of recognised local or global NGOs and private sector partners who provide us with expertise and resources to  help achieve our mission.

We are grateful that their contributions have enabled the launch of the Conservator Programme – the first building block of in-situ conservation work ever carried out in St. Brandon.

How does the Trust measure the impact of its conservation efforts?

To deliver the outcomes we are seeking to achieve in St Brandon, the Trust recognises the importance of having a solid foundation of data.

 For that reason, we see regular monitoring as critical to measuring our work’s effectiveness. Besides allowing accurate reporting on overall losses and gains between species, a full picture ensures that the resources we have are allocated efficiently and that we can pick up on new and evolving threats.

 We have several specific monitoring and reporting programmes in place and aim to continue to broaden the number of species we monitor and protect.

In this way we can hold ourselves accountable as a well governed organisation and demonstrate progress towards our goals. This is part of our stakeholder responsibility.

How can I stay updated with the Trust’s conservation initiatives/activities?

You can keep up to date with the work we do and the people we work with by following our social media accounts and our website.  You can also sign up to receive news alerts, on this website’s footer.

How can I share my suggestions for improving the Conservation Trust's work?

The Trust welcomes feedback and values engaging with people and organisations interested in our work. If you have feedback you would like to share or questions you would like answered, please fill out our form on the contact page and we will be sure to get back to you. We welcome your thoughts and ideas.