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|World Land Trust eBulletin number 1 - 1st August 2002|
Welcome to the World Land Trust eBulletin. |
In response to requests from supporters for regular
news updates we have created the eBulletin. The aim of this eBulletin
is to keep you up to date with news and information in between publication
of our paper based newsletter (WLT News). This eBulletin also
features links to new sections on our website, and to other sites on the
net relating to conservation and the natural world.
In Ecuador the World Land Trust supports the Fundación
Jocotoco in establishing a series of protected areas to save threatened
tropical forests and their wildlife.
The World Land Trust’s Chief Executive, John Burton, recently made two visits to Uganda, under a consultancy to USAID. The objective was assist Uganda Ecotrust in establishing a Land Trust Programme. With land prices in some areas as low as $12.50 an acre, acquiring land for conservation is an attractive proposition, particularly since Nature Uganda (the government department for national parks and reserves) is already stretched to its limits. Ecotrust Uganda has a well-funded infrastructure, which means that any funds raised for land acquisition can be managed with very low overheads.
Uganda is home to Africa’s longest bird list, including many regional endemics, and has healthy populations of Mountain Gorillas, as well as a string of wonderful national parks. Unfortunately the latter do not contain many of the important species found in Uganda. As a result of his work in Uganda, John Burton is hoping to develop a memorandum of Understanding with Ecotrust Uganda, in order to assist with land acquisition.
From July the WLT will have a new staff member working
at the Suffolk office. Peter Taylor is joining the team for six months,
working on developing a new educational website funded by DFID about Forestry
Management. Peter will also be working on the WLT website, and will be
editing the email bulletin. Peter has a background in Zoology, and previous
internet projects include a website about art in Liverpool where he studied
for his degree.
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