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Sir David Attenborough launches the Christopher Parsons Rainforest...
As reported in the last eBulletin, Sir David Attenborough
launched the new Christopher Parsons Rainforest Appeal at the Linnean
Society in London. Former WLT trustee Christopher Parsons was responsible
for making the ground breaking Life on Earth TV series, and was
behind many projects including the Wildscreen Trust and ARKive;
David Attenborough described him as the most important figure in
natural history, and a man who changed his life.
Over $30,000 was raised by the appeal, which is sufficient to create
and protect a new rainforest reserve, dedicated to the memory of
...and joins the Trust as a Patron
||"The World Land Trust's policy of buying
land is the most direct and certain road to conservation. It
deserves the support of all who care about the survival of the
wild places of the world”
Sir David Attenborough CH FRS
Following the successful launch at the Linnean
Society, Sir David Attenborough has joined the WLT as a Patron.
He joins David Gower OBE who is also a Patron. David Attenborough's
work with the Trust dates back to its very first appeal for Programme
for Belize in 1989.
For the full story, see our website www.worldlandtrust.org/news/dattenborough.htm
New India Project Update
Preparatory work continues on the new WLT project
with the Wildlife Trust of India. WLT has now drawn up a memorandum
of understanding with the WTI, and have started fundraising for
the project which helps wild elephants coexist with local people
by agreeing areas to be set aside for wildlife. The WLT hopes to
have online donations available shortly - in the meantime we have
some news about the WTI's work in India:
Elephant calf rescued, treated and released within
Burapahari (Kaziranga National Park), July 30, 2003: An eight-month-old male elephant
calf, trapped in a wire snare set up by poachers, was rescued on Tuesday and reunited
with its natal herd on the outskirts of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in India’s
north-eastern Assam state. See http://www.wildlifetrustofindia.org/main.htm
|Tapichalaca is in the foreground and Podocarpus
at the back. The area being purchased lies in the middle.
More criticially important land to be saved in Ecuador
Fundraising for the Ecuador project is going extremely
well, and this has meant that we have been able to transfer a further
tranch of funds to our local partners, Fundacion Jocotoco to purchase
and save another area of important chunk of land. The area being
purchased is another section between the existing FJ reserve at
Tapichalaca and Podocarpus National Park. Some of the land being
purchased has been cleared for agriculture but once the land has
been purchased it will regenerate quickly to create a much larger
area for animals to roam freely.
Buy the September issue of BBC Wildlife magazine
The September issue, published in mid-August, features
the winners of the WLT/BBC Wildlife magazine ‘Design a Christmas
Card’ competition. There were two joint First Prize winners
in the Adult section, and a group of school children won the Junior
prize. The two winning designs will be available as Christmas cards
Programme for Belize – an example of POSITIVE ACTION working
WLT was set up in 1988, to raise funds to help
establish an innovative project, never attempted before –
this was to become Programme for Belize (PFB). Now nearly 15 years
old, PFB’s Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area comprises
105,000 hectares of mixed, moist sub-tropical broadleaf forest in
the Mayan Forest region of NW Belize. The PFB forests are home to
70 mammal species and 392 bird species and contain forest cover
types protected nowhere else in Belize. It is widely believed that
if the land had not been saved by PFB, 90 per cent of the existing
forest cover would now have been converted to agricultural production.
Travel-Nation is now Carbon Balanced by the World
Saving rainforests with the WLT to offset your
carbon dioxide is now catching on as an ethical alternative to some
of the more expensive tree planting programmes available. Travel-Nation
is a specialist travel company offering holidays for the more discerning
traveler, including the famous journey on the trans-siberian express.
Travel Nation have balanced the carbon from their office, and are
encouraging their customers to save rainforests to help offset the
carbon from their flights.
More info can be found at
www.travel-nation.co.uk and www.carbonbalanced.org
|Tigers in pastels/pencil by Emma Page
Staff Changes at the World Land Trust
After a year at the WLT, Web Manager Peter Taylor
will be leaving to take up a position at Friends of the Earth. More
information about Pete is available at www.kimondo.co.uk
Molly St George finishes her internship at the
WLT, although she will return in September as a projects assistant.
Emma Page joins the WLT as a new intern. After
completing a zoology degree at Nottingham University Emma spent
a year developing a business, doing commissioned artwork. Although
her paintings are primarily of domestic pets, like dogs and horses,
she also undertakes commissions of wildlife.
Emma writes " A love of these wild animal
subjects and a background dominated by the countryside has driven
me to pursue a career in conservation. I hope to gain valuable experience
and insight into how a conservation charity is run from doing my
six-month internship with the World Land Trust ".
Anyone interested in commissioning Emma to do artwork
can contact her via the World Land Trust