Overseas Project Partners
An essential part of World Land Trust's philosophy is always to work through local partners. We believe too many organisations ignore the opinions of local NGOs and try to impose management systems on them. WLT tries to empower local non-government organisations (NGOs) by providing finance for land purchase, and also for other activities if the local partners request it. We have been able to provide a wide range of assistance, including equipment (computers, GIS), technical advisors on short term contracts, publications and reference books.
How World Land Trust operates
World Land Trust differs from most other international NGOs. It emphasises the importance of supporting local conservation groups and always working through local partners. Unlike the majority of international organisations WLT does not put its own staff in charge of operations, but relies on local expertise.
World Land Trust depends on public donations to assist with land purchases. Although WLT raises funds for purchase overseas, the management and ultimate ownership is with the appointed local conservation group. WLT is strongly opposed to "green colonialism".
World Land Trust assists with technical expertise, such as marketing, fundraising and publicity when requested, but wherever possible supports the development of local expertise, by funding study tours and training.
World Land Trust encourages small-scale, sustainable development, so that projects can become financially independent. This is in contrast to many international projects that have lavish funding initially, but are not sustainable without grant aid.
World Land Trust believes that it is important to be able to quantify results, and that the area of land now under active conservation by WLT's partners is the best ambassador an organisation can have.
World Land Trust does not hoard reserves of cash – it tries to have enough funds for three months operation, but believes it should spend as much as possible on land purchase and management, and the development of sustainable income for the reserve.