The World Land Trust welcomes investigations into how the conservation movement operates.
Over the 20 plus years WLT has been in existence, we have striven to be as transparent as possible; we publish our accounts on our website, and have recently started posting summaries of Board meetings. We also list all staff and make it as easy as possible for the public to contact us.
However, the WLT recognises that there are many small conservation groups, that were they in the Banking industry would be accused of mis-selling.
The WLT has kept its overheads low, does not employ professional fundraisers, and keeps its message simple. Buying land is one of the most cost-effective ways of conserving the maximum variety of wildlife. And supporting local NGOs to own and manage that land is the most sustainable way.
The World Land Trust’s Patron, Sir David Attenborough, who has supported the Trust since its launch in 1989, writes:
"You will not save endangered species unless you save the whole ecosystem. And to save an ecosystem, you need to save the land. That is what WLT’s project partner NGOs do".
Conservation's Dirty Secrets is a Channel 4 programme, aired on 20th June 2011.
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Part 2 of this article - Conservation's Dirty Secrets can be found here