Chagos Conservation Trust


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Is the presence of the military base a threat to the ecosystem?

The island of Diego Garcia where the military base is located is in the far southeast of the archipelago, and is tens of miles, and in many cases more than one hundred miles, away from most other islands, reefs and their surrounding waters. Whilst there has been damage to some reefs close to the military area of Diego Garcia, it is not highly significant in the context of the vast area of reef in the entire Chagos Archipelago ecosystem. Even around the Diego Garcia military base, ecological and water chemistry results show that the area remains in good condition.