IbizaPreservation is the host foundation of the meeting and the pioneering organisation of this collective, which now totals 17 organisations worldwide
Ibiza, 30 March 2022 – Representatives from the 17 global organisations that make up the Conservation Collective, a worldwide network of environmental foundations headquartered in the UK, have landed in Ibiza this week for their annual meeting, the group’s first face-to-face meeting since the start of the pandemic.
This Monday, directors of foundations from Kenya, Barbados, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Scotland, Mallorca and Menorca gathered on the island to take part in a series of conferences and workshops, with the aim of sharing ideas and best practice in matters related to the monitoring and evaluation of projects and fundraising, among other things.
The meeting seeks to boost the protection of local ecosystems at a global level, drawing upon synergies among the group’s members as regards environmental conservation and regeneration, in a context in which the relationship between climate change, biodiversity loss and the decline in human well-being is already indisputable. Ibiza will therefore become the epicentre of the Conservation Collective this week, in order to facilitate planning among its members, the sharing of knowledge and the development of joint capabilities to face environmental challenges.
“I feel very fortunate to be here in Ibiza with all the directors of the Conservation Collective this week,” says Jade Brudenell, the executive director of the Collective. “After two years of working remotely and by videoconference, I’m really looking forward to us seeing each other’s faces and being able to collaborate in person. We have a lot to learn from each other. IbizaPreservation is the inspiration for our approach to philanthropy: running our own projects and supporting local conservation groups, and that’s why Ibiza is also the perfect place for this meeting,” she adds.
The Conservation Collective is a collective driven by British philanthropist and environmentalist Ben Goldsmith, co-founder of IbizaPreservation, on whose model of success the rest of the members of this entity are based. As part of the visit, the Ibizan foundation will present its strategic projects and share the lessons learned throughout its 13 years of operation.
IbizaPreservation’s executive director, Inma Saranova, expressed her satisfaction at being able to host the meeting: “IbizaPreservation was the first organisation in the Collective to set up environmental conservation projects that have been replicated all over the world, and that is a great source of pride, but it also implies a great responsibility.”
According to Saranova, the meeting also deepens IbizaPreservation’s strategy of sealing alliances between entities, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 17, which seeks to revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. “The SDGs can only be achieved with strong partnerships and cooperation, which is why this type of meeting is so important to us,” says Saranova.
In its capacity as host, the foundation has organised various activities in addition to the working days, including excursions through the countryside of Ibiza and a visit to the Can Moreno estate in Sant Rafel, where IbizaPreservation, as part of its Ibiza Produce project, has financed the planting of some 160 shrubs in order to stimulate the bee population and facilitate the pollination of local crops.
In addition, this Wednesday the group will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Ibiza’s historical and cultural heritage with a guided tour of Dalt Vila, followed by a closing dinner celebrating the island’s local produce at the Reart restaurant, which also recently launched the ‘Ibiza Central Kitchen’ project together with IbizaPreservation, Red Eléctrica de España and the Ajuntament d’Eivissa, to feed families in need in the municipality with daily meals made using fresh local produce.