ITF held its supporters’ event and Annual General Meeting on the 1st June at the Eden Project in St Austell, Cornwall.
The supporters’ event included a talk from our partner, Sahel Eco, who we have an update from later in this e-bulletin. Mary Allen Bello, Sahel Eco’s Executive Secretary spoke about their work in Mali and our upcoming joint project with them, Trees 4 Livelihoods. Dan Lewin and Sheena Wynne from our partner Temwa, presented their work in the rural Nkhata Bay North region of Malawi which helps to build a sustainable future through community based projects in health education, skills development, agriculture, forestry and schools support. Finally, there was a presentation from Paul Humphries of our affiliate group, Trees for Devon, who described their work planting and protecting trees in Devon, UK.
These talks were hugely informative and engaging, letting us know about the work our partners and affiliates do on the ground which makes such a difference to people’s livelihoods and local environments.
The formal part of the AGM was for supporters to vote on resolutions such as the proposed re-election of three of ITF’s trustees. The decisions reached will be formalised at the members AGM later this month.
The Eden Project kindly donated space and free entry to the Eden Project and biomes to ITF supporters and we were all so glad to see this remarkable project in the flesh. Going from the Mediterranean to the rainforest (with a cream tea in the middle!) was a new experience – well worth a visit!