First Honorary President for World Land Trust
Gerard Bertrand, former trustee of the World Land Trust, elected Honory President.
At the recent AGM, the Trustees of the World Land Trust created the new post of Honorary President and elected former Trustee, Dr Gerard (Jerry) Bertrand to fill the post.
Jerry Bertrand recently visited the UK to receive the President's Medal of BirdLife International. Awarded for his contributions to bird conservation, the Patron of BirdLife International, HM Queen Noor of Jordan, paid tribute to Dr Bertrand: "Jerry has inspired us all with his infectious enthusiasm for birds and the environment and his passionate chairmanship of BirdLife International. Under his leadership the BirdLife Partnership has grown to be a substantial forum for conservation working closely with governments, other NGOs and local communicates to make the world a better place for birds, biodiversity and people."
Jerry also played a pivotal role in establishing the World Land Trust, was one of its founding Trustees in 1989, and ever since then has played an active role in its development. It was at Jerry's instigation that the UK fundraising for the Programme for Belize was initiated - a project that now manages over 260,000 acres of forest, and more recently Jerry was the catalyst for the purchase of a 15,000 acre reserve in the coast steppe of Patagonia. The World Land Trust seeks to conserve endangered birds and other wildlife by acquiring threatened habitats, and many of its project areas are those highlighted by BirdLife International as being of international importance.