The Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) is a UK charity that conducts and promotes conservation work and scientific and historical research in the Chagos Archipelago. This remote cluster of over 55 islands lies in the heart of the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by the world’s largest ‘no-take’ marine reserve. It is a UK overseas territory.
Home to some of the world’s healthiest coral reefs and a vital breeding ground for fish, turtles, birds and other wildlife, the Chagos Archipelago is a rare and hugely significant area of global importance, justifying the fullest protection possible.
Understanding and protecting an exceptional ecosystem
We coordinate teams of leading international scientists to explore and learn from the wildlife and environments of the Chagos Archipelago. Our findings help to address pressing problems relating to ocean degradation and how best to meet the needs of important and endangered species living there.
Our increasing understanding of the Chagos environment helps to inform the better management and protection of this part of the Indian Ocean, and has the potential to be applied across other oceans worldwide. Read the report from the 2013 scientific expedition.
Scientific and conservation expertise
Our science and conservation experts all have day jobs in leading environmental organisations and undertake scientific research and conservation projects across the world. Each of them agree that Chagos is one of the most remarkable environments that they have studied. Our current Board has a combined total of almost 200 years of experience in science and conservation.
We also work with some of the UK’s biggest scientific and environmental institutions such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as part of the Chagos Environment Network (CEN).
Committed to environmental education
We want to tell the world about the spectacular Chagos environment. We are particularly interested in sharing its wonders with Chagossian communities living around the world. We support our partner, ZSL, in raising awareness in these communities about environmental conservation issues affecting the Chagos Archipelago through a training programme covering both theory and practical conservation skills. Read more about our environmental work with Chagossian communities.
We also support graduates from the training course to accompany our scientific expeditions to the Chagos Archipelago, and provide bursaries for their further environmental education. Read the latest blog from Yannick Mandarin who accompanied the 2013 expedition.
The Chagos Conservation Trust - US is our partner organisation. Their mission is to extend the goals of CCT to the United States by promoting conservation, science, education and historical research in relation to the Chagos Archipelago. Contact CCT-US.