With our partners, led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) we are raising awareness of environmental conservation issues amongst Chagossian communities living in the UK. Watch this video interview with Yannick Mandarin, who speaks about how the environmental training course has changed his life.
Avek nou partener, Lasosyete Zoolozikal an Londre (ZSL), nou pe partaz lenformasyon lo konservasyon lanvironnman dan kominote Chagossian dan Langleter. Klik sa video anba pou gany en lide lo sa progranm lantrennman.
Environmental skills training course / Kour lantrennm lo lanvironnman
Now in its second year, the Environmental Skills Training programme teaches students about the unique coral reefs and island ecosystems in Chagos. They are also introduced to practical skills necessary for careers in marine and terrestrial conservation, such as scuba diving and land management.
CCT Trustees who work with leading environmental and conservation organisations such as Kew Gardens and RSPB, provide classroom-based teaching and ‘in the field’ workshops for up to 20 students per course.
The course has inspired some graduates such as Yannick (see video above) to pursue a career in conservation. In the future, we plan to extend this area of our work to Chagossian communities living overseas. Click the video below to get an overview of the training programme.
Scientific expeditions / Lekspedisyon siantifik
Following graduation, every student has the opportunity to apply for the role of Trainee Scientist on the next CCT scientific expedition to the Chagos Archipelago. Read the latest blog from Yannick Mandarin who accompanied the 2013 expedition.
Chagos environment family day / Lazournen fanmir lo lanvironman Chagos
We also hold family fun days for Crawley and Manchester communities where most of the UK Chagossians are based.
Family-centred activities focus on pressing environmental issues and the unique and exciting wildlife to be found in the Chagos Archipelago.