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The World Land Trust eBulletin issue 12 - November 2003
This month, we have some exciting news from
our partner organisations in Central and South America, as well as
updates on local events. If you would like to comment on the content,
please email Helena on
New Species of Treefrog discovered in Ecuador
A spectacular species of treefrog new to science
has been found in the Tapichalaca Reserve, owned and managed by the
World Land Trust's partner, Fundación Jocotoco. The World Land
Trust has been sending funds to South Ecuador to help with the land
purchases of Tapichalaca and nearby forests, and already several new
species of orchid have been found, but the treefrog is particularly
exciting. All over the world amphibians are declining and a special
task force is trying to find out the reasons. Reserves, such as those
being created with funding from the World Land Trust are vital in
the attempts to conserve the rarest species, some of which are confined
to a single mountain, or river valley.
| Hyla tapichalaca, the
frog species just discovered in Ecuador.
More details about this exciting discovery will
soon be available on WLT's website.
Jaguar numbers in Belize increasing
Jaguar numbers are increasing on the Programme
for Belize lands. That was the encouraging message by Edilberto Romero,
Executive Director of Programme for Belize (PfB), who visited the
| Jaguar numbers
are on the up in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area,
Talking to a small group of long-term supporters
of PfB, Edilberto produced facts and figures demonstrating that
Jaguar numbers really are on the up in the Rio Bravo Conservation
and Management Area (RBCMA). This 260,000-acre reserve in Northern
Belize is home to a wide array of wildlife, including 392 species
of birds and 200 species of trees, as well as 12 endangered animal
The World Land Trust (WLT), which hosted Edilberto's
visit, has helped purchase and protect over quarter-of-a-million
acres of tropical forest in the RBCMA. In fact, the reason WLT was
initially set up in 1989, was to raise funds for PfB.
The World Land Trust still needs your help to
support conservation work in Belize, and to ensure the ongoing survival
of the Jaguar, as well as the hundreds of other species that depend
on the tropical forests for their survival. £25 pays for the
protection and management of One Acre of vital tropical forest habitat.
Please make a donation now! Secure online donations
can be made on http://www.worldlandtrust.org/supporting/donation.htm.
Alternatively, you can donate over the phone or by post, using our
contact details below.
Elizabeth Jane Howard hosts Belizean reception in Suffolk
5 November author Elizabeth Jane Howard kindly opened her
house in Suffolk to World Land Trust for a reception on the
last night of Edilberto Romero’s trip to the UK. Fifty
supporters, mainly from East Anglia, came along and heard
an update on Programme for Belize from Edilberto and enjoyed
a special Belizean Rum Punch made with Parrot Rum which he
brought over from Belize.
| Edilberto (center) with PFB supporters, in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s conservatory.
Bulgarian National Trust study tour resounding
During the first week of November the WLT organised
and hosted a study tour for a a delegation of nine senior conservationists
and managers from the National Trust EcoFund of Bulgaria (NTEF). The
purpose of this visit was to familiarise the delegation with the various
funding methods for land protection applicable to Bulgaria.
|Representatives from the National
Trust EcoFund of Bulgaria, with John Burton and Molly St George
from the WLT and Iain Orr, facilitator of the study tour.
The delegation visited Minsmere RSPB, Dunwich
Heath National Trust Reserve and Redgrave Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Reserve to witness first hand how UK conservation organisations
manage and fund their protected areas.They also met with key players
from the RSPB, National Trust and the European Bank for Development
and Reconstruction to further discuss funding sources and how they
could be managed effectively.
The study tour was a resounding success and achieved
its target of providing the NTEF with information and contacts to
assist them in furthering the development of environmental work
in Bulgaria. Because of its international links and networks, the
WLT has been able to assist many individuals with study tours and
intends to develope more group tours in the future.
Art exhibition raises money for World Land Trust
Emma Page, with some of the wildlife paintings on display
at the recent exhibition.
As part of the Halesworth Arts Festival
earlier this month, the World Land Trust held a Wildlife Art
Exhibition at its Bridge Street offices. The exhibition was
a great success, raising over £400 for conservation. Original
works by well known wildlife artists including Bruce Pearson,
Andrew Haslen, Robert Gillmor, Greg Poole, Sir Peter Scott and
John Gould were exhibited, and many were for sale. Visitors
to the exhibition also had the opportunity to take part in a
competition where the first prize, a signed Bruce Pearson print,
went to Mrs G. Last from Halesworth.
The funds raised will be used for WLT's current
projects which are helping protect threatened habitats and
their wildlife. The World Land Trust would like to thank all
those who helped support us by visiting the exhibition. A
special thank you also to Emma Page who organised the event.
Because of the positive response we received, we plan to hold
a similar event again next year.
Christmas card reminder...
With Christmas approaching, why not order our
exclusive Christmas cards? Choose one of these two great designs,
or buy a mixed pack. The cards, which are only available to purchase
from the World Land Trust, can be ordered by phone or post and, following
some previous technical problems, now also via the WLT website:
Please support the World Land Trust by purchasing these cards.
... and WLT's electronic TreeCards
Following feedback from our supporters, our electronic cards
service 'TreeCards' has been improved. You can now send and receive
these ecards without subjecting yourself and your recipient to annoying pop-up
adverts. This free service is an excellent way of sending friends and family a
greeting, and at the same time letting them know about WLT's important work. To
send a TreeCard visit www.worldlandtrust.org/ecards