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Mr (Paul) Bond: International Deal Maker from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

WWT Consulting investigates environmentally friendly development and eco-tourism possibilities in Seychelles Rebecca Woodward and Marie Orchard have just come back from an international mission to the Seychelles, organised by Mr (Paul) Bond, our International Deal Maker from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). During their stay, they met with Alain St. Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and his Deputy, Elsia Grandcourt.
It is expected that WWT Consulting’s knowledge might be worthwhile to have an effect on environmentally friendly development in the Seychelles, for the benefits of people and the environment, and the Tourism Board’s viewpoint about important projects that would improve key tourism attractions of Seychelles was vital for our goal. Environmentally friendly eco-tourism development, with integrated water resource management to increase the natural means and wildlife of Seychelles, was a key element of discussions .
The rehabilitation of the marsh of the island of La Digue is an example where our expertise might be helpful, as this could fade away the risk of floods in the plateau of La Digue, and also provide for the natural setting for birds, migratory fowls and the La Digue unique terrapins.
‘The old marsh of La Digue could become an element we can market as an attraction and it could provide for a new expedition for the Diguois to take their visitors to. La Digue remains integral tourism destination in Seychelles and the more we can work with partners to further improve our current habitats, the more complete a destination we shall be’ said Alain St .Ange.
Rebecca, Marie and Paul also met with other agencies, such as the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) and Nature Seychelles, and with Government departments, including the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Investment, Natural Resources and Industry .


Paul Christopher Bond constructed and concluded a new deal

24th December 2011 saw the signing of agreements between the Managing Director of Warrentech Ltd, Martin Warren and Kurt Sward of Leapfrog Product Development in Chicago USA. This follows eight months of negotiation carried out by Paul Bond, International Deal maker and Business Consultant. The product is a unique ladder leveller and has attracted much interest with buyers on both sides of the Atlantic.

“All parties are delighted with this deal.” Paul reported. “It was a fairly complex deal to get done, involving the owners of the invention, Warrentech, a Chinese Manufacturing plant and the American product development company in Chicago”.

“To make this whole deal come together we had to find a Chinese factory experienced in this type of product who were willing to invest time and money in the project. In addition we needed the buy in of the Americans to develop this fantastic product and crucially important develop sales opportunities with their world wide contacts. It will take a further $250,000 budget to make the product hit all continents in 2013.”

September 2011 saw the reaching of an exciting deal between Terry Pope Limited in England and Wow Stuff. The deal involves an agreement to commercialise an invention of Mr Terry Pope of Cornwall.

Paul reported that this particular deal could see the invention of Terry Pope  sold world wide by a major toy manufacturer. An excited Paul says “This deal is fantastic news for Terry. His product could well hit the markets in 2013 labelled under a household name in the Children’s TV entertainment world. We can’t say too much at present, but all I can say is you will see it on TV around the world!”

September 2011. WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) were having difficulties with the logistics of a deal in Russia. Paul Bond stepped in to smooth the way and after some tense conversations and negotiations with parties on both sides of the Russian border, the deal was completed and in November of 2011 the following press release was put out by WWT;

On Friday, conservationists escorted 13 spoon-billed sandpipers, one of the most endangered species on the planet, into Heathrow and onto their new home at WWT’s headquarters at Slimbridge. This is the final stage of an epic journey for the birds, which have been brought from their Russian Far-Eastern breeding grounds, via quarantine in Moscow Zoo, and now to the UK.

The arrival of these birds marks the start of a conservation-breeding programme intended to help prevent the extinction of the spoon-billed sandpiper, a shorebird whose unique appearance and extreme rarity have given it near-mythical status among birdwatchers all over the world.

Throughout 2011 conservationists from Birds Russia have been working with WWT and the RSPB on an emergency rescue mission for the species. This culminated in an expedition to the remote Russian Far East to take eggs from some of the nests and hatch them in captivity. The birds have now been brought to the UK where the climate is suitable for their year-round care and expertise and facilities exist to start a breeding programme.

WWT’s Head of Conservation Breeding, Nigel Jarrett, who hatched the birds on the Russian tundra, was with them as they flew to the UK. He said:

“Taking one of the world’s rarest birds across 11 time zones by boat, plane and now by road has been the most nerve-wracking job I’ve ever done. The hopes of the conservation movement worldwide have been riding on this mission and it is an incredibly difficult thing to do successfully. But we couldn’t sit back and do nothing while there was a chance to prevent the loss of this unique species.

“The spoon-billed sandpiper is but a hair’s-breadth from extinction and the birds will receive 24 hour care in Slimbridge. Now we and the many other organisations working on this species must gather support for action to tackle the hunting and habitat loss that has left these birds in such peril.”

WWT has world-class expertise in the management and breeding of endangered waterbirds, but no one had hatched or kept spoon-billed sandpipers in captivity before. Rearing 13 healthy young birds from eggs taken from the arctic tundra is a massive achievement, but many challenges remain. Quarantine and long flights are stressful experiences for any animal. These birds have round-the-clock care, but the next few days will be some of the most anxious for Nigel and his team.

The spoon-billed sandpiper is threatened by loss of essential intertidal feeding sites along its 8000km migration route from Russia to its wintering grounds in South and South-east Asia, and also by trapping on its non-breeding grounds. Although these issues are being tackled, the conservation breeding programme has been started because the population is now so low. At fewer than 100 pairs left, and declining  by a quarter each year in recent times, there may be too little time to reduce hunting and habitat loss before the species disappears completely.

The birds are now quarantined for another 30 days in Slimbridge. From there they will be moved to purpose-built aviaries which will be the focus of the conservation breeding programme. This first year of the project, which has involved shipping equipment to the Russian Far East and building extensive aviaries, has been costly and has had to be organised at break-neck speed. A further expedition is needed next year to get enough birds to establish a viable breeding population and funds are urgently being sought.

The conservation-breeding programme is just part of an international campaign to save the spoon-billed sandpiper that will benefit many endangered species that use the same migratory Flyway. The enigmatic bird has become a rallying point for those concerned by some of the threats to wildlife in the region.

Dr Tim Stowe, the RSPB’s Director of International Operations, said “Flying 16,000km every year, raising a family in one of the remotest places on earth and threatened by hunting and the destruction of their winter homes, spoon-billed sandpipers lead a perilous existence.  Captive breeding is not something conservation organisations enter into lightly, but in this case it’s the best chance – possibly the only chance – the birds have.

“Unfortunately this problem isn’t a cheap and easy fix; it will take a take a long time and requires a lot of money, so raising enough funds to save the spoon-billed sandpiper is vital. This is an ambitious and dramatic project and there’s still a long way to go, but if we’re able to save this iconic little bird, it’ll all be worth it in the end.”

Dr Evgeny Syroechovskiy of Birds Russia, said: “I wish all the best to these special Russian birds. It’s hard to believe the problem is so bad that it has come to this, but we have been left with no choice if we want to save the spoon-billed sandpiper.

“The ultimate goal is to release the offspring of this captive population back to the wild. In the meantime, we must tackle habitat destruction and subsistence hunting, and give this enigmatic little bird a new beginning.”

The most immediate threat to the birds – unsustainable levels of subsistence trapping on their wintering grounds in Myanmar – is being addressed by conservationists working with local communities to find other livelihoods.

In response to the loss of inter-tidal mudflats along the coasts of East Asia, the international conservation movement is pressuring governments to conserve the most important wildlife sites, and acknowledge their great natural value to human society. As their value as fisheries, shell-fisheries and for coastal protection is appreciated, it is hoped that their reclamation for development will become less attractive.

Once the birds have left quarantine and been released into their new home at Slimbridge, WWT hopes to stream video of the birds to the visitor centre once they are settled, so visitors can see the species that has become something of a Holy Grail for bird-lovers worldwide.

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