Saving threatened habitats worldwide

97th Council Meeting

26 February 2015

TRUSTEES ONLY MEETING

WLT Australia

  • Trustees were informed that the registration of WLT as a charity in Australia was progressing, as approved at their December meeting.  A charitable company (WLT Australia) had been established, and three Directors appointed (John Burton, WLT CEO; Frank Antram, environmental consultant in Australia; Michael Kennedy, Campaign Director of Humane Society International Australia).

Administration and Financial Matters

  • Trustees reviewed draft end of year accounts for 2014.  They agreed that the provisional results represented a solid performance, providing a strong financial foundation for WLT going forward.
  • Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Administration & Finance Committee (A&F) to adopt the revised WLT Data Protection Policy, now published on the WLT website.

Governance

  • Trustees reviewed and approved the membership of the A&F Committee.
  • The Chairman announced Sir Kenneth Carlisle and Bruce Pearson would be standing down as Trustees at the AGM in June, having completed their terms of office, but that they had agreed to be nominated as Council Members.  Three Council Members were also due to retire at the AGM at the end of their terms of office (Mark Carwardine, Dr Lee Durrell and Richard Porter).

Development Strategy

  • Trustees discussed the plans for Trustees and Council Members to collaborate with WLT executives in devising its Five Year Development Strategy.

MEETING OF THE TRUSTEES AND COUNCIL MEMBERS

Conservation Programme

  • Head of Programmes, Dave Wright, gave an update on the conservation programme.
  • Guyra Paraguay: Trustees approved a proposal to fund three rangers for three years at the Pantanal reserve, partly funded by WLT.
  • FUNDAECO (Guatemala): Trustees approved a proposal to disburse funds received from Puro Coffee and a private donor to WLT’s partner in Guatemala (FUNDAECO) to help establish the San Isidro Amphibian Reserve.
  • Vietnam: Council Member Mark Stanley Price reported on his recent visit to WLT’s project area in Vietnam with members of the conservation programmes team. He confirmed his assessment of the project as representing an innovative and valuable new model for securing land for conservation.
  • Trustees approved a new partnership with Indian conservation NGO AERF, which works with local communities to conserve privately owned forests by establishing projects which derive an income from standing forest.
  • Trustees welcomed a report from the programmes team on the work of WLT Peruvian partner NC Peru in supporting local communities to create private conservation areas.

Development and Communications

  • Head of Communications, Viv Burton, reported on forthcoming fundraising campaigns and events, highlighting Meat Free Week, taking place 23–29 March, the EOCA (European Outdoor Clothing Association) poll, in which WLT’s Andean Condor project had been shortlisted, and Steve Backshall’s participation in the Devizes to Westminster kayak race to raise funds for Colombia. 
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