In an official reception in Speaker’s House, Westminster on 10 of May we celebrated the huge conservation success story of the designation of the Marine Protection Zone around Tristan da Cunha.
The evening reception, organised by The Government of Tristan da Cunha and the RSPB, was attended by members of the Tristan community, government agencies, parliamentarians, charitable trusts and foundations, and marine organisations all of whom have supported Tristan on its journey to designation.
The event was an amazing opportunity to reflect on the rollercoaster of the last two decades of partnership work. The room was filled with smiles and positivity and hope for the future.
In a video message The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Minister of State (Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment), said
“…It is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most inspiring conservation success stories in my lifetime that a community of only 250 people, in one of the world’s remote places, is deeply committed to securing the future of the marine environment on which it ultimately depends and not just for their own benefit but for us all.
…Tristan's impact continues to ripple out across the globe and will continue to do so for many decades to come.”
Members of the Tristan community shared what the ocean means to them in this video message.