Chagos Conservation Trust – US

Committed to the preservation of the natural diversity of plant and animal species through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction.

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Conservationists from the Chagos Conservation Trust announce the first successful removal of invasive black rats in the Chagos Archipelago.

JohnTurnerChagosImageScientists just discovered yet another coral reef that has been devastated by global warming

chagosahistoryNew Book: Chagos a History

A new book has been published Chagos: A History. Click to discover more



CCT-US Partners with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to Fund Chagos Turtle Research

CCT-US-LMC-Logo-MergeAdvice from the Chairman in Chagos

New Issue of Chagos News now available

The July 2016 issue of Chagos News (No. 48) is now available. Click here to read past issues of Chagos News.

A Message from the Chagos Conservation Trust -US Chair

Please click on the link above to see a message from Sam Purkis, CCT-US Chair outlining current conservation concerns in Chagos where unusually high sea temperatures are raising concern for the health of the coral reefs.

New film Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise featuring Sam Purkis, CCT-US chair

Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise tells the story of an international scientific team in the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise in the British Indian Ocean Territory with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet. Initially, the scientists are thrilled with the beauty and abundance of the reefs, which support many thousands of fish and other sea creatures. But in the space of a few weeks they become surprised witnesses to a serious case of bleaching in the reefs — evidence that even the most isolated places are not safe from the ravages of climate change. Their study of these reefs, however, does give some reason for hope, and leaves the scientists with a clear sense of what may be necessary to save the world’s coral reefs.

Meet the 2016 CCTUS Scholar - Martin A. Hamilton, Ph.D.

MHamilton_BannerCCT receives Darwin Initiative grant to increase natural biodiversity of Chagos


Seychelles to declare a second large Marine Protected Area in Indian Ocean


It may be remote, but Chagos still gets its fair share of ocean trash! Check out this article about a recent Beach clean up.FlaCleanup0059Call for Applications for the 2016 CCT-US expedition scholarship (Click here to  find out more)

Invasive plant management in Chagos, and the goal of the 2016 CCTUS expedition scholarship


The Chagos Archipelago contains some of the healthiest coral reefs and in The Great Chagos Bank, the largest coral atoll to be found on our planet. Scientists fear that half of the world’s coral reefs could be lost by 2025. It is essential to save them: hundreds of millions of people depend on healthy reefs in one way or another. Living reefs provide food, protect beaches from erosion, and form a treasure house of genetically diverse creatures and plants.

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We value your support. By joining the The Chagos Conservation Trust - US, you will be part of a sustained conservation effort in the Chagos. Members will be kept abreast of developments in the Chagos as they happen, and receive regular updates on conservation and management activities through a newsletter.

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2016 CCT-US expedition scholarship

Call for Applications for the 2016 CCT-US expedition scholarship. Click to find out more....

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Building CCT-US from the Ground Up

Read about the formation of the Chagos Conservation Trust – US (CCT-US)

Building CCT-US from the Ground Up Building CCT-US from the Ground Up