Saving threatened habitats worldwide

95th Council Meeting

11 September 2014

TRUSTEES ONLY MEETING

Appointment of new Trustee

  • Trustees agreed to invite Nicola Davies, children’s author and WLT Ambassador, to be co-opted as a Trustee.

Administration and Finance matters

  • Management accounts to July 2014 were reviewed: Trustees were pleased to note that income remained buoyant, while costs were held below budget.
  • Plans for the Big Cat Big Match fundraising campaign were discussed.

Organisational review

  • It was announced that following a recent management review, changes had been made in WLT’s organisational structure which had resulted in the loss of the post of Head of Development. Trustees endorsed the changes which had been effected to date, and agreed to meet separately to discuss the proposed restructuring of the Trust taking into account its development goals and the longer term needs.

MEETING OF THE TRUSTEES AND COUNCIL MEMBERS

Conservation Programme

  • Dave Wright (DW), Head of Programmes, gave a presentation highlighting the activities of WLT’s programme partners in Ecuador: Fundación Jocotoco, EcoMinga, Fundación Pro-Bosque and NC Ecuador.  Each of the projects which WLT had supported aimed to create corridors between protected areas, illustrating the way WLT is working with its programme partners to develop strategic planning designed to enhance the impact of its conservation activities.
  • John Burton, CEO, gave a brief history of the Misiones Rainforest Corridor Project in Argentina, and outlined WLT’s aim to initiate in the following year the next phase of the project to connect protected sections of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil and Argentina.

Development Activities

  • Head of Communications, Viv Burton (VB), outlined plans for the Big Cat Big Match Fortnight campaign, running from 1–16 October.  The target was to raise £500k to support projects across WLT’s project areas where big cats were found. The flagship project was the Chilkiya-Kota Corridor in India, focussing on land protection for Bengal Tigers in India, Puma in the Atlantic forest and Jaguars across their range.
  • VB reported that the Birdfair in August had been WLT’s most successful ever, and that WLT had won an award for best Conservation Stand.
  • Invitations were handed round for a Private View of an exhibition of works by Andrew Squire at the Stafford Gallery: the artist, a WLT Ambassador, had donated a painting to be auctioned on behalf of WLT. Trustees and Council Members were encouraged to support the event.
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