Thursday 15th September 2011
Admin & Finance
- The Board reviewed management accounts for August 2011, which showed revenue to August was in line with the reprojected budget. The August accounts were approved.
- The Board approved the use of funds from the Revolving Fund to launch a new ‘Plant a Tree’ initiative, to raise funds for tree planting at REGUA (Brazil), which would make use of the expertise and infrastructure developed at REGUA.
- It was reported that testing was taking place for the redesigned website, which was due to go live the following week.
- WLT staff were in the process of collating data for a carbon audit of the Trust. A draft report was in preparation.
Internal Development Strategy
- The Board heard that a new Internal Development Strategy review was to be undertaken to address new challenges and opportunities facing the Trust.
- The Board discussed plans for WLT to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. The target was to raise £200,000 for Buy and Acre in pledges, online donations during the Big Give week, and matched funding. It was agreed that the Big Give presented a good opportunity to reach out to a new audience, and the Board expressed their support for the campaign.
- Corporate Support: In spite of the economic conditions, it was reported that support from WLT’s small to medium sized corporate supporters remained buoyant, and revenue from several important companies was beginning to grow much more strongly than originally anticipated, with the potential to become very significant.
- A report was given on WLT’s attendance at the annual British Birdwatching Fair. Once again, the event had proved a success, offering a valuable opportunity to meet some existing donors and raise the profile of WLT and also allow the Trust’s programme partners to promote their ecotourism facilities.
- The Board reviewed the update report of the Conservation Programme and Budget. Members of the Programmes team took questions from the floor.
- It was confirmed that WLT would be represented at the SunChild International Environmental Festival in Armenia in October, and that the CEO would be acting as a judge in the Film Festival taking place at the same time.
- The symposium on Wildlife Conservation and Local Communities, originally planned for October 2011, was being rescheduled to February 2012 for funding reasons.
- The Board viewed a presentation on the achievements of the Keepers of the Wild initiative to date. To date the programme had been relatively successful, funding 15 rangers in the current year. In addition to the cash sponsorship, digital cameras and clothing have been donated.
- The Board heard that as a result of his work on developing major biodiversity projects within the Ecosystem Services programme Senior Conservationist Roger Wilson had been invited to address the Green Development Initiative conference in Nairobi on how to develop mechanisms to fund biodiversity credits under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) later in the year.
Publicity and PR
A presentation was given on key forthcoming PR and publicity initiatives, including:
- Emeralds for Elephants - India: A grand auction of emerald jewellery was due to bring the programme to a close on 14th October. Patron David Gower had agreed to represent WTL at the event.
- Camera trap competition: WLT and Paramo have sponsored this competition with BBC Wildlife Magazine, with winners due to be announced on 24th November.