Saving threatened habitats worldwide

76th World Land Trust Council Meeting

Thursday 10th December 2009

New Council Members

  • The Council agreed to invite Mark Carwardine and Richard Porter to become Council Members.

Admin and Finances

  • Management Accounts to October 2009 were presented: the Trust’s finances were looking healthy and it was expected that budget would be met by the end of the year. The WLT team were congratulated by the Board on this year’s success, particularly in light of the prevailing recession.
  • The Trust’s updated Risk Assessment was approved.
  • The Board reviewed an investment management proposal from Ethical Investment Group (EIG), and agreed to appoint EIG as the Trust’s fund managers.
  • A draft Environmental Policy was approved

Conservation Activities

  • Nicholas Locke, Director of REGUA, gave an illustrated presentation on the work of REGUA including an update on land purchase
  • The 3rd WLT – IUCN NL Symposium for key representatives of WLT overseas project partners was held in Brazil in October, hosted by Fundação O Boticário, focusing on the theme of Payments for Ecological Services and Strengthening Memberships.  Proceedings would be published in due course.

Projects Update

  • Argentina, Misiones:  Funding had been secured from corporate supporters and individual donors in support of the first Atlantic Rainforest land purchase project in Misiones.
  • WLT had received funding to run a series of carbon training programmes in Africa during 2010.

Carbon Balanced Programme

  • A strategic review was being carried into the potential for developing innovative projects that satisfy carbon offsetting requirements through water conservation management and other environmental services.

Forthcoming events

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2010: WLT had received an official invitation to exhibit at Chelsea in the Continuous Learning section.  The exhibit will focus on the Atlantic Rainforest with relevant plants, and will include a ‘rangers’ hut’ with innovative interpretative materials and a ‘window’ with a webcam showing live footage from the Atlantic Rainforest.
  • Elephant Parade: WLT would participate in this public art event running for several weeks during the summer months in London featuring decorated fibreglass elephants. Funds would be raised in support of Indian Elephant Corridors project through an auction of the elephants.

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