The World Land Trust eBulletin
Issue 43, November 2006
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In this issue:
Rare monkey sighted in Brazil
Vice President of Paraguay launches Chaco-Pantanal project
WLT supporters help protect rainforest in Brazil
Land purchase as strategy for biodiversity conservation
Dreaming of a green Christmas – Gifts for all
News in brief
WLT are pleased to announce that a troop of Muriqui
monkeys, South America's largest primate, has been sighted
on the REGUA reserve in Brazil. This exciting discovery
was made by REGUA's resident veterinarian Leonardo Pimentel, who
not only spotted the rarely seen primate but even managed to photograph
the monkeys and record some of their distinctive vocalizations.
The Muriqui, or woolly spider monkey, is among
the worlds rarest mammals, classified by IUCN as Endangered due
to loss of their natural Atlantic Rainforest home. Although the
species was already known to be living in the rainforests of the
REGUA reserve it is always encouraging to hear of first hand evidence,
and even more reason to continue to protect this vital habitat.
Official recognition was given to an initiative launched by World
Land Trust and Guyra Paraguay, at a vice-presidential
reception held in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital city, on 9th November
His Excellency, Luis Alberto Castiglioni, Vice President of Paraguay,
spoke of the importance of the Chaco-Pantanal (dry
and wet grassland) project, which was started just over a year ago.
Specific mention was given to those who have made this project possible:
Sid Templer and family; the Finch family; Kevin Cox and the Netherlands
National Committee for IUCN (The World Conservation Union). Presentations
were also delivered by the Paraguayan Minister of Environment, Alberto
Yanosky, Executive Director of Guyra Paraguay and WLT's John Burton.
John Burton with Albertino and
Diane Abela on the land they helped save.
WLT Trustee, Albertino Abela and his wife Diane, and WLT Programmes
Manager, Kirsty Burgess were also present at the vice-presidental
reception in Paraguay. The event coincided with the group’s
two-week visit to South America to see the newly protected land
at REGUA, WLT's project in Brazil. The new reserve
is 800 ha and was created with Albertino and Diane's help, in celebration
of their marriage earlier this year, with support also from Helping
Hands Trust and a Trustee of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust.
Albertino and Diane were self-funded on their visit to South America.
Land purchase as strategy for biodiversity conservation
Dutch Workshop brings together WLT Partners.
A few of the workshop participants
gather at the entrance to the National Park. Left to right:
Roberto Pedraza (Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Mexico),
Francisco (Pancho) Sornoza (Jocotoco Foundation, Ecuador*),
Raquel Locke (REGUA, Brazil*), Alberto Yanosky (Guyra Paraguay*),
Victoria Maldonado (CODEF, Chile), Clara Solano (Fundación
Natura Colombia), Dr P S Easa (Wildlife Trust of India*) and
José María Musmeci (Fundación Patagonia
Natural*). *Denotes WLT Partner organisation.
At the end of September the IUCN National Committee of
the Netherlands and the World Land Trust hosted the first
symposium on "Land Purchase as an Intervention Strategy for
Biodiversity Conservation". Held in a small hotel in the de
Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park in Holland, the workshops brought
together fourteen representatives of Partner organisations of IUCN-NL
and WLT, where they were able to compare and exchange experiences.
WLT’s Partner organisations were represented by: Edilberto
Romero (Programme for Belize), José María
Musmeci (Fundación Patagonia Natural), Nicholas
Locke (REGUA, Brazil), Dr P S Easa (Wildlife
Trust of India), Alberto Yanosky (Guyra Paraguay),
Gerry Ledesma (Philippines Reef & Rainforest Conservation
Foundation) and Francisco (Pancho) Sornoza (Jocotoco
The topics discussed included how to make reserves financially
viable, strategies for fundraising, and how the organisations could
learn from each other. WLT is to host a website where the case studies
and other information provided by representatives can be shared
with other organisations involved in land purchase.
For an ecologically sound Christmas present, please buy your friends
and loved ones WLT Gift Acres for just £25. You can save One
Acre of Rainforest in Brazil or Ecuador, invest in an Elephant Corridor
in Kerala or restore mangrove forests. New Classic or Funky Jaguar
certificates available. Donate online at www.worldlandtrust.org
or contact the UK office (details below).
Donors in the United States can now make tax deductible contributions
to protect rainforest in South America through World Land Trust-US.If
you would like to Give an Acre (or more) in someone else’s
name, WLT-US should be able to get a gift certificate to you in
time for the holidays as long as donations are received by 15 December.
Although land prices are rising, WLT-US can still protect an acre
of critical habitat in South America for $50. Donations may be made
www.networkforgood.org or sent directly to the WLT-US office
...Or, carbon balance your Christmas
Father Christmas with his low-carbon sleigh should be a shining
example to us all this year. But if after all efforts at 'greening'
your Christmas you can't quite match up to Santa, you can offset
your Christmas-related carbon emissions in the knowledge that you
are helping restore degraded rainforest in South America –
for a mere £7.50! Read more at http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/news-archive.
News in Brief
a free BBC wildlife calendar
The 2007 BBC Wildlife Calendar is now available and World Land
Trust is represented by a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird on the March
page. Other stunning photographs include tigers, young Brown Bear,
Humpback Whale and Arctic Fox. We have 30 copies to give away and
it is a case of first come first served. The first 30 people to
telephone the UK office (0845 054 4422) with a credit card donation
to cover post & packing will get a calendar. (Available to supporters
within the UK only.)
There's just time to order WLT's exclusive Christmas cards
This year there are three different charity Christmas cards to
choose from. All can be ordered online, over the telephone or by
post and prices start at £2 for 5 cards. More information
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