Thursday 16th March 2010
New Council Members
- Richard Porter and Mark Carwardine had accepted invitations and were confirmed as new Council Members
Admin and Finances
- The 2010 Budget was approved.
- An investment proposal by fund managers Ethical Investors Group (EIG) was approved. It was agreed that the Trustees’ duty to maximise their income must be balanced by a regard for the Trust’s purposes and the security of the cash invested.
- Kenya: Nature Kenya had recently obtained additional funding from IUCN NL, enabling it to seek a larger area of grassland in the Kinangop highlands for purchase.
- Belize: Support had been given to Programme for Belize for infrastructure improvements.
- Ecuador: It was noted that both Fundacíon EcoMinga and Fundacíon Jocotoco were in urgent need of funds to support staff costs for wardening project sites.
- Paraguay: The WLT/UEA Diploma Student, Alison Lewis, was in the field in Paraguay undertaking her fieldwork project.
- Kites Hill, UK: Biodiversity studies are planned to take place during the summer.
Restoration Ecology Programme
- Swire Pacific Offshore (a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry) had agreed to proceed to the implementation phase of the voluntary offset project which had been designed by the Restoration Ecology team. The project is approaching a key stage, with validation on the ground by Rainforest Alliance (RA) due in the coming weeks.
- Knowledge exchange for African NGOs. WLT is collaborating with IUCN NL and other partners to mentor African NGOs developing projects to access REDD carbon funding. An initial phase of workshops took place in Ghana in February, attended by 23 NGOs, and is to be followed up by a second phase in Uganda in May. It is anticipated that 3 NGOs will be helped to place their projects.
- The Board discussed and approved proposals to update WLT procedures for evaluating potential new programme partners. The aim is to streamline the management of individual projects and to provide partners with greater certainty in the level of continuing support.
- January had seen one of the Trust’s best months ever in individual donations. It was felt that publicity surrounding the Copenhagen summit in December and conservation issues aired in the film Avatar may have had some impact.
- The 20th AGM was to be held on 17th June at Chediston, Suffolk.
- Chelsea Flower Show The project had reached the technical stage. A set builder, Edd Terran of School House Designs and Film Studios, had been contracted and was working alongside the stand designer, Drab Ltd. Bill Oddie had agreed to assist on the WLT stand on Press Day and he would be accompanying John Burton on a trip to the Atlantic Rainforest, along with wildlife film-maker Luciano Breves and representatives from corporate supporters, Enterprise Plants and The Body Shop. A press launch would take place at the Linnean Society, London, in April.