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Review for Global Insular Conservation Society, Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Global Insular Conservation Society ( is a small, but highly effective, 501 c(3), nonprofit organization focused on fragile island ecosystems and their native flora and fauna. GICS staff and partners use sound science as a basis for the conservation of threatened and endangered indigenous species and their habitats. GICS has a major focus in the Caribbean, but has projects in other areas of the world as well. I was recently appointed to the Board of this organization, which also includes world-famous wildlife photographer Art Wolfe and founder Edgar Fortune. The organization has organized several on-the-ground projects and has been highly effective given its small size and limited resources. Our ultimate goal is to be able to expand the important work GICS is doing to ensure a future for unique island ecosystems, flora, fauna and cultures.

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In order to reach its full potential, GICS needs additional human and financial resources. It has developed some excellent governmental and non-governmental agency and organizational partnerships, which could make it very effective in carrying out important and much-needed conservation work on islands. We are currently working on a long-range strategic plan, which will outline the mission, specific goals, and needs of the organization for the next five years.

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Role:  Board Member