25th February 2014
Trustees only meeting
- Trustees approved a proposal to accept NCPeru as a WLT Programme Partner.
- Trustees approved a proposal to amend and update the structure and terms of reference of the Administration and Finance committee.
- It was agreed by those Directors of World Land Trust Trading Ltd present that there would be a meeting of directors prior to the AGM on 18th June.
Administration and Finance matters
- Draft end of year accounts for 2013 were reviewed. Trustees agreed that the results were impressive and congratulated WLT staff on their achievement.
- The draft budget for 2014 was approved.
Meeting of the Trustees and Council Members
- The Chairman welcomed Nicholas and Raquel Locke from REGUA, who were visiting from Brazil.
Project Presentation: REGUA: Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil
- Nicholas Locke gave a presentation on the work of REGUA, focussing on achievements during 2013 particularly in collaboration with WLT. He stressed the importance of engagement with local communities, through REGUA’s educational and community programmes, and spoke of REGUA’s efforts to involve local partners in conservation programmes. The support of other international bodies was essential in helping to fund conservation and research projects, as well as the revenue contribution provided by ecotourism. In looking to the future, Nicholas stressed the urgency of acting to secure land in the face of price inflation, and the importance of scale in creating reserves capable to providing protection for larger species.
- The appointment of Tina Neill to the new post of Head of Development was announced. In addition, WLT had appointed two new PR agencies: London-based McCluskey International would be the main agency for media and press contacts, while Norwich based Tribe would work on a specific campaign to run in July.
- A report was given on plans for the celebration of the Trust’s 25th anniversary, which would run for a year, starting in the week of 6th May with the anniversary symposium for programme partners at Kew. The main launch would be on Tuesday 6 May, with a ticketed event at the BAFTA theatre when Sir David Attenborough would be special guest and speakers would include a selection of programme partners.
- Conservation Programmes Manager Mary McEvoy gave an illustrated presentation, highlighting conservation programme achievements since the last meeting and giving an update on initiatives under development.
- Achievements included the funding of 172 acres in Honduras (Güisayote Biological Reserve); continuing work by new project partner NCPeru to create a Community Protected area with funding supplied by WLT corporate supporters Puro and TapirApps; £885,000 raised towards the £1 million special appeal for Borneo. She noted that in 2014 WLT would be supporting 26 rangers. In Paraguay a fresh batch of verified carbon credits were in the process of being released.