We are very pleased to present our Annual report for 2016. SAERI continues to grow and develop since its inception in 2012. This year the range of our work has extended beyond the South Atlantic to implementing Territory to Territory partnerships in the Caribbean.
We now have 8 PhD students and are building our research profile through continuing publications in high profile journals. We have closed off projects this year and started new ones, had staff move on to exciting new roles, and have new staff coming to join our team (which reached 15 this year).
We continue to provide a base for visiting researchers and have had visitors from across the globe working in collaboration with us at our offices in Stanley.
We have taken great strides in implementing the process that will see us become an independent research institute in 2017 which will be a key milestone for the development of SAERI as an organisation.
We have also secured funding for new projects starting in 2017 in particular we will be leading on the implementation of the CSSF funded South Atlantic Natural Capital Project (on behalf of JNCC) and will be implementing a Darwin Plus project mapping the coast of the Falklands and South Georgia.
None of this could be achieved without the great team that works closely with me to progress the projects and research that we undertake.
It is our staff and their enthusiasm that make the organisation a success and we are indebted to them all.
SAERI will be separating from Falkland Islands Government this year as Charitable Incorporated Organisation representing an exciting period of transition to being an independent organisation. I take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the hard work to make this happen and this includes many FIG staff as well as SAERI’s own Business and Research Manager, Teresa McNeill.
T.Pelembe, P.Brickle, T.McNeill eds (2017) South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute Annual Report 2016.