Dear friends of the Colobus Trust (CT)
Introduction of the new CT manager
Managing the Colobus Trust (CT) is a challenge, but one close to my heart. My name is Eirik Jarl Trondsen, and on July 7.2009 I started my new job with CT. Thanks to recent efforts by several CT board members, Elodie and the Colobus staff the trust is already recovering from a very challenging 08/09 period. The challenges are still numerous, and there is a long way to go, but the process has begun.
Personally I look forward to fighting for protecting the beauty of Diani Beach, and surrounding areas. The forest and wildlife, that depend on it is under constant threat from blind, unconscious development.
The opportunities for the trust are many. General awareness on environmental protection is on the rise, the tourist industry is keener to be eco and primate friendly, and the overcrowded and overdeveloped beaches elsewhere is a visible warning to Diani Beach.
With me I bring 8 years of program management experience from CARE International, since 2001 based in Kenya. I have spent the last 2 years managing a bio fuel project in the nearby Shimba Hills. Some of the CARE projects I dealt with were in he field of conservation, so I know something about the challenges of sustainability in conservation work.
I see professionalization of CT and economic sustainability as main priorities. The potential for conservation is growing, in a region under increased pressure from uncontrolled development.