World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.
The mission of the World Land Trust is:
- To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world. To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species;
- To develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas;
- To raise awareness, in the UK and elsewhere, of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising
How We Work
WLT has a policy of working with overseas project partners and does not normally play a direct role in the ownership or management of the land it conserves.
We work with overseas non-governmental organisations, who own and manage the reserves created with funds from WLT.
The World Land Trust prides itself on being fully transparent and annual reviews and accounts can be seen on our website.
Our Patrons and Testimonials
Patrons of WLT are Sir David Attenborough, David Gower OBE and Chris Packham.
Read testimonials from WLT supporters including Sir David Attenborough, Bill Oddie, Mark Carwardine Lee Durrell and Sir Ghillean Prance.
Our History and Achievements
WLT and its overseas project partners have been instrumental in the purchase and protection of nearly 500,000 acres of tropical forest and other threatened habitats.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees, who combine the legal responsibilities of charity trustees and company directors. Additionally WLT appoints an advisory council.
WLT is based in Halesworth, Suffolk, and is run by a small number of staff and interns, many of whom work part-time.