The South Georgia Heritage Trust was established to raise funds for two primary reasons.
- Help efforts to conserve and protect those species of indigenous fauna and flora that breed and grow on South Georgia or in the surrounding seas and to raise awareness of threatened species.
- Assist efforts to preserve the historical heritage of South Georgia including selected historical sites of importance and to assist the South Georgia Museum in order to increase international awareness of the lessons and achievements of the human history of South Georgia.
The Trust, a Scottish registered charity, has a board of eight International Trustees, independent of Government agencies that direct the Trust. Trust funds are used in pursuit of Trust’s purposes.
Trustees are from the USA, Norway, Sweden, Falkland Islands and UK. Trustees take advice from other important international institutions that have expertise and an interest in South Georgia. The Trust’s office is within the University of Dundee’s campus, Dundee, Scotland. There is also a branch in Norway and a representative in the USA.
The Trust seeks to undertake projects that will conserve and protect the island’s important natural habitat, such as restoring large areas of habitat that threatened species of birds are unable to use to breed because of the presence of rats introduced some 150 years ago. In turn this project will widen international awareness of these threatened species and their breeding sites.