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World Land Trust Policies

Biofuel and Nature Conservation

World Land Trust believes that the current rush into biofuel production is misguided – it is a risky and ineffective strategy for reducing CO2 levels and it is destroying natural habitats rich in biodiversity.

Climate Change and Nature Conservation: What World Land Trust is doing

As a charity concerned with nature conservation, World Land Trust has developed a two-pronged approach: regenerating and protecting forest land to remove carbon dioxide and creating, where we can, wildlife refuges that can accommodate climate change.

Complaints Policy and Procedure

Every year we handle thousands of enquiries and requests. We try to ensure that every one of these interactions meets the expectations of the person concerned. However, we recognise that this may not always be the case and so this page outlines the Trust's full complaints policy and procedure.

Conflicts of Interest Policy

This document sets out World Land Trust’s policy and approach on managing conflicts of interest.

Copyright Policy: Images and Content

Please read our content and copyright policy before using content and images from this, or other World Land Trust websites.

Data Protection Policy

World Land Trust (WLT) needs to keep certain personal information to carry out its day to day operations, to meet its objectives and to comply with legal obligations. The organisation is committed to ensuring any personal data will be dealt with in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. To comply with the law, personal information will be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed to any other person unlawfully.

Environmental Policy

World Land Trust recognises that some of our activities (such as international air travel) have adverse effects on the environment, but we are committed to minimising our impacts as far as possible while continuing our work of preserving threatened habitats.

Financial Misconduct and Corruption

This document sets out the policy of World Land Trust covering all forms of financial misconduct, corruption, bribery and other forms of dishonesty.

Goats and Goat Giving

Goats are almost universally accepted by conservationists as being one of the main causes of environmental degradation in fragile habitats. Therefore, when they occur in those habitats, making the public aware of these issues is clearly an important part of WLT's mission.

Land Purchase as a Tool for Conservation

The Trust does not own or directly manage any of the areas it helps save outside of the UK. The land is always purchased, protected and managed by local partner organisations.

Privacy Policy

Personal information collected by World Land Trust from its website visitors and how this information is never sold, traded or rented to other organisations or disclosed to persons outside the Trust other than to those who carry out work on our behalf, such as processing online donations.

Project Selection Criteria

When selecting projects, a number of specific criteria are evaluated to ensure that the project falls within WLT’s mission and to ensure that the project is likely to succeed in its aims.

Quality Management (Carbon Offset and Tree Planting Programmes)

In its trading activities, WLT is committed to providing high quality, scientifically robust and transparent carbon offset and tree planting programmes for corporate supporters.

Risk Assessments

WLT carries out an annual risk assessment of all its activities, and when appropriate this can be made available to funding bodies and partner organisations.

Scientific Collecting on WLT Funded Reserves

This document sets out WLT's policy on the scientific collection of biodiversity specimens on reserves funded by the Trust. Programme partners who have signed up to this policy are listed on the policy page.


See also our Frequently Asked Questions section, which details the Trust's position on sending volunteers abroad, financial transparency and more.

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