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Elephants, orangutans, conservation archives and birthday celebrations

7 May, 2009 - 20:16 -- John Burton

Yesterday was a long day; catching the 07.15 train to London for a meeting with one of our corporate supporters, Price Waterhouse Coopers, followed by a lunch with the Chairman to be of the WLT to brief him on the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and the Trust's 20th Birthday celebrations.

Then another meeting with Dr Simon Stuart, the Chairman of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) to resurrect a suggestion I made four years ago, that the SSC should organise its archiving, as a huge amount of history of conservation was being lost. We met in the library of the Linnean Society -- a very appropriate location for such a discussion.

Then off to Elephant Family for a presentation on the elephants of Borneo, which are actually benefiting from the WLT's work conserving habitats for orangutans.

I got back home to Halesworth just before 10pm, so I didn't get a chance to meet Edilberto Romero, the Director of Programme for Belize, who arrived at the office earlier that day. Edilberto is here to participate in our birthday celebrations -- WLT was initially set up to raise funds to save threatened tropical forest in Belize, and Programme for Belize was our very first project partner.

20 years on WLT has more than ten successfully completed and current projects, as well as partner organisations all over the world. Our objectives remain the same: to protect as much land as we can for wildlife, and to do so by providing funds and other support to local partners who understand the local needs.

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