Thursday 3rd September 2009
Admin & Finances
- It was confirmed that the purchase of the Blyth House premises was now complete.
- Management Accounts to July 2009 were reviewed: the Trust was doing well in spite of the economic downturn and income for the current year is expected to exceed budget.
- Lou Jost, Treasurer and Founder of WLT project partners Fundacíon EcoMinga, gave an illustrated presentation of the history and work of EcoMinga, whose reserves in Ecuador contain a rich diversity of endemic species. Lou Jost urged the Council to consider the issue of regular funding of project partners to provide greater operational stability and security.
- Threatened Land Revolving Fund: A new fund, the result of a generous private gift, had been established to provide emergency funding for urgent projects.
- Paraguay: John Burton reported on the improvements in the Guyra reserves made with the aid of emergency funding approved by the Trustees in December 2008, enabling the employment of Park Rangers and the reinstatement of Rangers’ Stations.
- Venezuela: the land purchase of a 1,730 acre property on Macanao Peninsula been completed.
- Ecuador: The issue of road construction adjacent to the Tapichalaca Reserve was raised and concern expressed.
Projects approved by the Trustees
- A proposal submitted by WLT-US and Fundacíon ProAves of Colombia to support the urgent purchase of an important parcel of land adjoining ProAves’ Pangan Reserve.
- A request from Aves Uruguay for a contribution towards the creation of a reserve in the threatened Butiá Palm Forests of Eastern Uruguay was approved in principle although suitable land for purchase had not yet been identified.
- Interest from potential corporate supporters continues to grow, while an increasing number of individuals are becoming WLT Partners by making regular donations by direct debit.
- Highlights of the events calendar for 2009 included: a Celebrity Lecture by Mark Carwardine in Bristol in September, a talk by Simon Barnes in Halesworth in November, and the Red Ape Debate at the Royal Geographical Society in November, following on from the successful Great Ape Debate earlier in the year.
- The Council discussed plans to mount a WLT exhibit at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show, which would contain a re-creation of a section of Atlantic Rainforest. Sponsorship was being sought to cover the costs of the exhibit, which was expected to raise the public profile of the Trust and bring substantial PR benefits.
PR & Publicity
- WLT PR consultant Emma Beckett gave an overview of media coverage received in the current year and forthcoming media campaigns.