The primary goal of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is to conserve Bermuda’s ecosystems, its plants, animals, and their critical habitats. Achieving this involves a combination of research, monitoring, management and restoration.
DENR has been involved in and supported a variety of conservation research projects, many in conjunction with our NGO partners, including the Bermuda Zoological Society.
Initiated in 2006, the Benthic Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment Programme (BMMAP) was prompted by a general lack of baseline information regarding the distribution and condition of Bermuda's benthic communities and related physical and chemical marine environmental parameters.
One of the rarest seabirds on Earth, the Cahow nests only on Bermuda and is endemic to the island. The Cahow Recovery Project has increased its population from 18 pairs with only 8 fledged chicks in 1960 to over 100 pairs today.
The Diamondback Terrapin is native to Bermuda and has been listed as a globally near threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN).
Virtually nothing was known about the biology and ecology of these pond turtles in Bermuda, thus the Diamondback Terrapin Project was initiated in 2007. It's objective is to learn more about this species in order to promote legislative protection and effective managment.
Valuing environmental resources in economic terms enables the integration of environmental concerns in policy and decision making by placing them on a comparable basis with economic and social impacts.
Through the compilation of scientific data and surveys an estimation of the Total Economic Value of Bermuda's coral reefs was made. The value is an underestimate of their true value because there are a number of complex services provided by the coral reefs that could not be included in the scope of the study.
The monitoring of the green heron population in Bermuda presents a unique opportunity to bird ecologists in that it has been possible to observe and learn how a new species colonizes a remote oceanic island. So far the surveys have revealed that this new heron population is increasing in size. As a result of this successful breeding activity green herons are becoming a more frequent sight on Bermuda.
Bermuda has two different species of endemic Killifish living in a limited number of saline ponds across the island. Conservation oriented research into the biology and ecology of these unique fishes began in 2004 in order to inform effective management making decisions.
The first confirmed report of Lionfish in Bermuda's waters was in the fall of 2000. Since then the numbers have increased dramatically. Lionfish are voracious eaters and are a major threat to Bermuda's native and commercially important fish species.
The aim of the project is to support programs that minimize the impact of Lionfish on local marine fauna and flora, through aggressive culling initiatives and education.
Bermuda is home to the largest breeding population of the White-tailed Tropicbird in the Atlantic, with approximately 2000 nesting pairs. This population is therefore of global importance to the survival of this seabird.
This research project aims to monitor the Longtails breeding success and investigate methods to reduce threats.
This projects objective is to protect Bermuda's coral reefs from being damaged by anchors.
Environmentally friendly moorings have been installed at a number of popular dive and snorkel sites so boaters can avoid anchoring and possibly doing damage to the reefs.
Based in the UK, The Millennium Seed Bank Project is an international collaborative plant conservation initiative that aims to safeguard 24,000 plant species from around the globe against extinction.
The Natural History Collection is the Bermuda Government's archival record of the history and current state of the islands biodiversity. It holds the most comprehensive collection of birds, reptiles, fish, insects, plants, corals, worms, shells and fossils found in Bermuda. The collection aims to include a representative of every species ever found in Bermuda.
This project, a collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, aims to complete IUCN Red List assessments for 9 of Bermuda's endemic plant species.
One of the world's longest running studies of juvenile sea turtles, the Bermuda Turtle Project has tagged over 3,000 juvenile green turtles on the Bermuda Platform since 1968. The goal is to examine the role that the 'developmental habitat' serves in the complex life cycle of sea turtles.
The BREAM research programme, initiated in 1999, examines the biology and ecology of Bermuda’s coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, and is a collaboration between the Department of Conservation Services and the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS).