News Archive

Further to our previous mailing requesting that stakeholders and partners “save the date”, we have now finalised the programme for the South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands stakeholder event 2021.[...]
A new Research and Monitoring Plan is being launched today to help support the management of the SGSSI Marine Protected Area. The RMP is designed to be a framework through which any interested scientists and stakeholders are encouraged to collect, access and analyse data, including relevant baseline data and indicators.[...]
Owing to scheduling changes caused by delays to the South Atlantic Airbridge, the reception to celebrate Toothfish Day that was due to take place on Monday 13th September, has been rescheduled.[...]
Today the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands are delighted to announce the release of a new stamp set to celebrate the recovering ecosystem of the Territory and in particular whales.[...]
GSGSSI is delighted by the announcement of the latest round of Darwin Initiative funding and welcome applications that will contribute to the broader aims of the Government.[...]
The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has been working with the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator to be able to re-issue amateur radio licences for the Territory.[...]
The Chief Executive of the GSGSSI, Laura Sinclair Willis, is pleased to publish the Government’s Annual Report for 2020.[...]
Following a horizon scanning exercise which identified marine invasive species as a key threat, the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is excited to embark on a marine biosecurity project with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute.[...]
The April – June 2021 Newsletter can now be read: Happy Midwinter From Team GSGSSI!; GSGSSI Chief Executive Officer And Government Officer Posts; Financial Statements And Audit Report and more.[...]
GSGSSI is committed to facilitating visits without compromising our high standards in safety and environmental protection. Our website now includes the latest information and details of the upcoming 2021/22 tourism season. South Georgia remains free from COVID-19 and we’ll be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.[...]
GSGSSI announces its intention today to designate Terrestrial Protected Areas that will cover the entire landmass of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands. This announcement is an important step to support the aspirational vision of ‘environmental recovery and resilience through world-leading evidence-based sustainable management’ as detailed in Protect Sustain Inspire, the new stewardship framework for the Islands published in January 2021.[...]
GSGSSI is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Sinclair Willis as our new Chief Executive Officer and also the recruitment of our new Government Officers.[...]
The Feb – March 2021 Newsletter can now be read: South Georgia’s First Royal Visitor; Dog Team Certification; South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Coins – 2020; RRS James Clark Ross Arrives In Harwich For The Final Time and more.[...]
The Dec 2020 – Jan 2021 Newsletter can now be read: Protect Sustain Inspire; Chief Executive Officer Recruitment; Giant Iceberg Mission Begins; Possession Day and more.[...]
We are recruiting! Do you have passion to deliver environmental recovery and resilience through world-leading evidence-based sustainable management? Do you want to lead a team that works hard every day to deliver for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands?[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) is proud to share its new stewardship framework for SGSSI called ‘Protect Sustain Inspire’. This document has been developed to reflect our passion for environmental recovery and resilience through world-leading, evidence-based sustainable management. It sets out 4 guiding values that will underpin the Government of SGSSI’s vision; environmental protection, evidence-based decision-making, sustainability and openness.[...]
Today the Government of South Georgia marks the 246th year since Captain Cook claimed South Georgia for King and country. On 17th January 1775 a small party of men landed on a beach beneath snowy peaks and tumbling glaciers. In charge was an officer by the name of James Cook; the British Flag was planted, a volley of musket shot was fired, and the land was claimed for His Britannic Majesty.[...]
Today we start sharing the headline vision, values and goals for the fresh values-driven approach to the stewardship of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands that will lead us through the next 5 years. The launch is the culmination of a huge amount of work across the whole team, consulting widely with colleagues and stakeholders openly about what the future activities and goals on South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands should be.[...]
In December 2018, following the first 5 year independent review of our Marine Protected Area, a series of enhancements to the MPA were brought into legislation in mid-2019. We additionally committed to prohibiting the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil through our Maritime Zone by 31 December 2020.[...]
The October – November Newsletter can now be read: RAF A400m Aircraft Conducts Reconnaissance On A68a Iceberg; SGSSI Celebrates Inaugural Polar Pride Day; Smell A Rat? How Biosecurity Dogs Safeguard South Georgia’s Ecology and more.[...]
Rebecca Honeybone accompanied the RAF on this flight as the representative for GSGSSI and was staggered by its beauty and size and that it seemed to appear out of the clouds from nowhere. There will be more information about the iceberg in the coming weeks as the British Antarctic Survey consider the potential impacts on wildlife and the ocean around South Georgia. There will also be the chance to see more of the incredible footage and images gathered during the flight.[...]
Today the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands and the Government of the British Antarctic Territory are celebrating the inaugural Polar Pride Day. This day demonstrates a commitment to support and enhance Diversity in Polar Science. To mark the day photos and stories are being shared on social media using the hashtag #PolarPride.  At King Edward Point and Bird Island all station personnel have got involved with celebrating this important day.[...]
GSGSSI would like to congratulate Tristan da Cunha on the establishment of their new Marine Protection Zone. With the establishment of this protected area, Tristan da Cunha joins South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands and other UK Overseas Territories, including Ascension, St Helena, Pitcairn and the British Indian Ocean Territory, in making a lasting commitment to protect the waters surrounding these incredible islands.[...]
Today the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands releases a new stamp set to honour the duty and sacrifice shown by Shackleton’s men during the First World War.[...]
Due to the high level of interest in these posts we are having to delay our responses to applicants, we now plan to notify applicants about whether they have been selected for interview after the 7th November.[...]
Today is the first official Environment Day public holiday in South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI). Environment Day is a celebration of having the environment at the heart of all decisions and a commitment to value and protect all of South Georgia, from the whales, penguins and seals to the invertebrates and algae.[...]
The August – September Newsletter can now be read: South Georgia – A Visitor’s Guide Film; Consultation Period Opens On A New SGSSI Strategic Framework; Annual Report; Annual Stakeholder Meeting; We Are Recruiting![...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands opens the consultation period on a new strategic framework.[...]
Today the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is delighted to release its latest set of definitive stamps. Each of the stamps in the new definitive represents an iconic image for SGSSI and has a story of restoration and hope:[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) is excited to announce the launch of its new film ‘South Georgia – A Visitor’s Guide’, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The film has two key messages; firstly, it encourages visitors to respect and protect the island so their visit can be truly sustainable, but there is another message which is relevant to us all; proof that nature can recover, if we give it the chance.[...]