August 26, 2022

Press Release: Darwin Plus R10 funding secured to help Cayman’s threatened wildlife

26th August 2022 – The National Trust for the Cayman Islands (NTCI) has recently been awarded Darwin Plus R10 funding to undertake a three-year project on Grand Cayman, in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), to assist in preserving endemic threatened wildlife populations through effective protected area management.

The pressures on Grand Cayman’s natural environment remains high, and populations of endemic wildlife are largely restricted to within protected areas. This Darwin-funded project will strengthen on-island capacity to support effective management of these key sites through staff development, community engagement and a trained volunteer/student network, ensuring that the legacy of the grant work goes on far longer than the duration of funding.

Blue Iguana Conservation Manager and lead author of the grant, Mr. Luke Harding said, “We are extremely excited to have been successful with this application and now have a unique opportunity to develop staff, volunteers and students through training to help them play an essential role in the protection of these important wildlife areas and increase the expertise and experience for future roles and positions on Island.” Click this link to view the full press release

Photo Credit Luke Harding & Annette Gunn