The society has secured CEPF funds through Birdlife Sept 2009 for 2009-12 to support this long-running and most successful project to save the Kakerori. As of now, the birds’ numbers have recovered from 29 in 1989 to 320 on
Conservation in the Cooks; setting priorities, building capacities
We have received word that funding through Birdlife from CEPF has been approved for this project which aims to involve the Cook Islands community in the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas and Important Bird Areas for focused conservation work. The project will enable TIS to employ a full time coordinator who will implement this project. The project also aims to build the capacity of TIS and enable a concerted effort to search for funds that will continue worthwhile work. The funding agreement between Birdlife and TIS was received on 13th July 2010 and will be signed this week. Birdlife has advised that funds for the project may arrive one week after receipt of the signed agreement. The Society is eternally grateful to Birdlife and CEPF for their support.
Recruitment of TIS Programme Manager
This position, made possible through the Conservation in the Cooks project, was advertised for two weeks in April 2010 and two applications were received. A selection panel was established comprising members of the TIS executive committee, the National Environment Service and a human resources consultant. Applicants were quantitatively assessed according to qualifications, skills and experience. The successful applicant was Jacqui Evans who has worked in the environmental field for 21 years and was the WWF Country Coordinator for the
Marine Reserves and Rahui Study Tour
Jacqui Evans travelled to
Open Science Meeting on Benthic Harmful Algal Blooms
Jacqui was on the organising committee for this meeting in
A working bee was held to tidy up the TIS office on Saturday morning 17th July. The lobby and office have received a coat of paint. Volunteers enjoyed participating and finished the morning with a hot drink. Another working bee is expected in future to tidy up space on the outside.