The National Trust for the Cayman Islands exists to preserve natural environments and places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands for present and future generations. The Trust's work at this time focuses on Environmental Conservation through establishing a system of nature reserves and Historic Preservation, by the identification and restoration of Cayman's built heritage.

 

Public education is a strong element of the work of the Trust, with the understanding that developing widespread appreciation and awareness of Cayman's natural and historic heritage is critical to preservation.

 

The Trust instituted its Historic Plaque Programme in 1995, to increase the public's appreciation and respect for buildings and sites important to Cayman's heritage; to foster and encourage the preservation of privately owned buildings of architectural or historic significance; and to provide visual reminders of places of historic interest for residents and visitors to the Cayman Islands.

 

The National Trust's Environmental Programmes directly supports the Ministry of Environment. The area of Trust-owned environmentally important lands now stands at 1,980 acres, thanks to land purchase (possible though cash donations), gift or crown-transfer. Setting priorities for acquisition of protected areas, and managing them once they are protected, requires scientific information about the Cayman Islands' natural environment. A detailed survey of our remaining dry forests has been a focus since 1997, with the launch of the Biodiversity Survey, together with ongoing environmental research facilitated by the Trust's Visiting Scientists Programme.

 

Certain endangered species unique to the Cayman Islands are faced with problems so severe that habitat protection alone cannot secure their long-term survival.  The Trust therefore also engages in several species conservation programmes.