Companies support biodiversity

The National Trust for the Cayman
Islands has received a number of corporate donations recently. The organisation
is working to boost its Land Reserve Fund in the light of the United Nations
declaring 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity.

The Caledonian Group of Companies
and British Caymanian Insurance Company Ltd. were the first corporate sponsors
of the Land Reserve Fund donating, CI$2,500 each. The fund is an initiative by
the National Trust to raise awareness about the rapid loss of biodiversity in
the Cayman Islands and throughout the world.

With the funds raised the National
Trust aims to protect land in the Cayman Islands which is under threat of being
stripped of its native flora and fauna and negatively impacted by developments.

“We feel that though clearing of
land is inevitable, it should be done in such a way as to protect as many of
the native plants as possible,” said Janet Walker, council member of the
National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

“Through education, we all can
become more knowledgeable of the value of our native plants and animals.
Ultimately a system of protected areas, which are left completely undisturbed,
is the goal of the National Trust.”

However, in order to reach this goal
the National Trust will need the support of the community.

Donations to the Land Reserve Fund
can be made by contacting Erika Walton, development and marketing officer at
the National Trust by calling 749-1121.