Durrell Wildlife Conversation Trust has received a RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant of over £40,000 (C$75,000) from Royal Bank of Canada to help improve its water efficiency at the Durrell Wildlife Park.
The funding is provided through the RBC Blue Water Project, an innovative, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations. The money will be used by Durrell to monitor and reduce water use from bore holes in the Wildlife Park, and to increase sustainability of operations in relation to overall water usage. The grant was made as the company marked ‘RBC Blue Water Day’ on 12 June.
Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive Office at Durrell, commenting on the grant, said: ‘Education is a critical element in all that we do here at Durrell. We are immensely grateful to RBC for this generous grant that will allow us to, not only make substantive changes to our water management systems, but also to pass on that knowledge to our visitors and also children through the Schools Education Programme. This substantial grant of C$75,000 (£40,969) will have a long-term positive impact for Durrell on how we manage our water consumption here in the Island.’
Since 2007, RBC has pledged over C$36 million to more than 500 charitable organisations worldwide that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an additional $6 million pledged to universities for water programmes.
Areas that will be targeted using the Durrell grant include:
Reducing water runoff from the unguttered roofs
Establishment of rainwater capture and storage
Installation of meters to allow monitoring of rain and borehole water use on site
Replacement of borehole water use with rainwater for toilets
Promotion of responsible water use by the public and the school children visiting the park
Raising awareness of available mechanisms to make more efficient use of the water.
As part of the RBC Blue Water Day, 35 RBC Wealth Management staff, friends and family took to Green Island beach to assist the Marine Biology Section of the Société Jersiaise with collecting the flotsam and jetsam left on the beach. The assembled team also took part in ‘The Shore Thing’, an initiative of the Marine Life Information Network that works with schools and community groups to collect information on the marine life of rocky shores around Britain.
Stuart Rutledge, CEO, RBC Wealth Management – International, said: ‘The RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants are a key element of our global commitment to the preservation and provision of clean fresh water in the communities in which we operate, including here in Jersey. Durrell’s application showed considerable ambition to make real changes to their management of water at the wildlife park, and also to share that knowledge with others.’