Saving threatened habitats worldwide

72nd World Land Trust Council Meeting

Wednesday 10th December 2008

Finance and admin

  • Myles Archibald and Alan Martin, both WLT Council Members, were elected to the Board of the World Land Trust Trading Ltd.

Development

  • A paper on the Trust's Corporate Support was presented, outlining the extraordinary growth in corporate income over the past two years and plans to develop relationships further.
  • Cambridge Rainforest Appeal set up by Marshall Group to raise fund for Borneo Orang-utan project had been launched in November, as a direct result of which US$250,000 received from an existing WLT supporter, together with other generous support. 
  • Anniversary Events open to the public to be published on WLT website.  Highlights include exhibition of rare prints of hummingbirds, exhibition of the work of artist Andrew Squires, evening event at Bristol Zoo for supporters in the south-west; Great Ape Debate at Linnean Society and 20th Anniversary event in London in May.

Project updates

  • Borneo: Fundraising for the first parcel of land in Borneo: the Kretam-Kulamba corridor completed; target funds raised and WLT now looking for new areas in urgent need of protection in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain.
  • Paraguay: Trustees agreed emergency support for Guyra Paraguay to address a short-term funding crisis relating to protection of land.

New projects approved by Trustees

  • Laguna Grande-Sarstún, Guatemala: New project partners FUNDAECO (Fundación Para El Ecodessarrollo y La consevación) for the purchase of threatened lowland and tropical rainforest in the Caribbean region of Guatemala.
  • Macanao Peninsula, Margarita Island, Venezuela: A proposal submitted by project partners, Provita, with funding available from a WLT supporter, to protect and restore the sole habitat of the Yellow-Shouldered Parrot.
  • Meghalaya, India: A five-year community-based project managed by WLT partners Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), to restore forest around seven villages, previously lost through slash-and-burn agricultural practices.

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