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Minutes of 1st Conservation Sub-Committee meeting held at 11.00 a.m on Tuesday, 15th May 2007

Participants:

After a brief welcome from the Chairman the sub-committee considered several points in an agenda presented by the Chairman. These were:

Membership and working of Sub-committee

The sub-committee agreed to consider asking one or two persons from outside Council to act in an advisory role. Suggested names were to be sent to the Chairman. The sub-committee would also try to hold future meetings before or after the main Council meeting.

Current projects supported

At present two projects are supported – Scarlet macaws in and the tree tinning project for Major Mitchell cockatoos in . The Chairman informed the sub-committee that he had just heard that the PhD studentship to be supported by the Parrot Society in collaboration with Loro Parque had not been accepted by the ESRC. The University of Kent , however, was considering proceeding with just a research assistant.

The Chairman had asked the University to present a proposal.

Discussion and agreement of criteria for support

The Chairman proposed that projects employing avicultural techniques and expertise as well as habitat restoration measures should be preferred. The PS should also consider working in partnership with other organisations. However the PS should not accept proposals, which involved financially supporting infra-structure for eco-tourism. This was a matter for the businesses involved. This was agreed

Also discussed was whether projects in countries with a GDP similar or greater than the should be supported. This would affect projects in countries such as and . It was finally agreed that projects in such countries would be given lower priority.

Everyone agreed that project support should enhance the reputation of the Parrot Society . All supported projects should regular feedback reports, preferably with photographic material to be published in the Society’s magazine.

Projects submitted for consideration

1. Proposal from Louise Prowse for £ 1,565 for a 6 week awareness campaign on Bonaire on the conservation of the Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis) in the Caribbean . After discussion it was agreed to submit this for final approval by the Council on May 20th.

2. Proposal from Steve Brookes for financial support to build towers to enhance eco-tourism in . This was discussed and it was decided not to accept this as it essentially meant providing finance for the building up of a business.

3. Colin O’Hara requested an ex-gratia payment of 1,000 Australian dollars (approx. £ 400) be made to Peter Davidson in for tending the tree with the memorial to John Mollindinia and surrounding area. It was agreed that this would be submitted to the Council on May 20th .

4. Colin O’Hara also requested that 5,000 Australian dollars (approx. £ 2,000) be remitted to Ray Ackroyd for the tree tinning project in . The sub-committee agreed that this should also be submitted to Council on May 20th.

The meeting closed at 12.30 p.m .

The first meeting of the Conservation Sub-Committee by Tony Pittman

At the first Council meeting held after the AGM it was decided to substantially increase the amount of funding available annually for conservation projects and set up a Conservation Sub-Committee under my chairmanship to set policy and manage the funding.

The first meeting of this Sub-Committee was on 15th May at the Parrot Society offices in Berkhamsted. Present at the meeting were David Coombes, Colin O’Hara, Les Rance and Aeron Williams apart from myself. The sub-committee considered several points in an agenda prepared and presented by myself. These were:

Membership and working of Sub-committee

The sub-committee agreed to consider asking one or two persons from outside Council to act in an advisory role, this could be someone with fund-raising experience and/or experience of project operation in the field.

Current projects supported

At present two projects are being supported – the Scarlet Macaw project in and the tree tinning project for Major Mitchell cockatoos in .

Discussion and agreement of criteria for support

After some initial discussion everyone was agreed that on the whole supported projects should be long-term and on-going. It was also agreed that projects employing avicultural techniques and expertise as well as habitat restoration measures should be preferred. The PS should also consider working in partnership with other organisations. However the PS should not accept proposals, which involved financially supporting infra-structure for eco-tourism. This was a matter for the businesses involved. This was agreed.

Also discussed was whether projects in countries with a GDP similar or greater than the should be supported. This would affect projects in countries such as and . It was finally agreed that projects in such countries would be given lower priority.

Everyone agreed that project support should enhance the reputation of the Parrot Society . All supported projects should regular feedback reports, preferably with photographic material to be published in the Society’s magazine.

Projects submitted for consideration

1. Proposal from Salbas Nos Loras (Save Our Parrots) £ 1,565 for a 6 week awareness campaign on Bonaire on the conservation of the Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis) in the Caribbean . This is a project the Parrot Society has supported in the past. After discussion it was agreed to submit this for final approval by the Council on May 20th.

2. Proposal for financial support to build towers to enhance eco-tourism in . This was discussed at length and it was decided not to accept this as it essentially meant providing finance for the building up of a business.

3. The Sub-Committee then considered an ex-gratia payment of 1,000 Australian dollars (approx. £ 400) to Peter Davidson in for tending the tree with the memorial to John Mollindinia and surrounding area. It was agreed that this would also be submitted to the Council on May 20th .

4. Finally it was decided to recommend a payment of 5,000 Australian dollars (approx. £ 2,000) to Ray Ackroyd for the tree tinning project for Major Mitchell Cockatoos in .

At the Council meeting on May 20th the recommendations in paragraphs 1, 3 and 4 above were accepted and payment approved.

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