In March 2018 FOTBOT launched a new campaign segment of our charity where each year we focus on an overseas territory to raise funds for a project in support of local efforts.
In 2018 we have chosen Montserrat as our OT to support with Project Montserrat.
Project Montserrat is a collaborative project in which FOTBOT is engaging with several organisations including Montserrat National Trust and UK-based UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum. This continues a 20 –year relationship on island between them, which we are keen to support. The project aims to protect the islands nature by working with local land owners, schools and communities to undertake actions which provide suitable habitat from some of the islands unique wildlife including by clearing invasive plants and in return growing native endemic and threatened plants.
In addition to this beaches and rivers will continue to be cleared of plastic debris and other wastes. The benefits of which are many fold contributing to improved ecosystem services including: fresh water, the ability to grow food on the island, promote nature tourism and a more sustainable economy.
Pilot work has been undertaken over the last few years and much has been achieved including: enhancing aesthetic appeal of coastal areas and roadsides and environmental education. You can read about this here.
Financial support for it to continue and expand is needed. Donations raised throughout the year will enable key tasks to be carried out including: developing the nursery, working with land owners on management plans, developing education and outreach in the community.
Your support is greatly appreciated.