The World Land Trust eBulletin
Issue 45, February 2007
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In this issue:
Ecuador Update: Howler Monkeys, Inga Trees and an Award
Other Project News and Wildlife Photos
Help Create a Valentine's Day Reserve in Brazil
Artists and Authors Supporting Conservation
News in Brief
Ecuador Update: Howler Monkeys, Inga Trees
and an Award
On his visit to Ecuador in December, Nigel Simpson, WLT trustee
and board member of Fundación Jocotoco (FJ)
reported that the troop of Mantled Howler Monkeys
seen on a previous occasion above the lodge at Buenaventura,
appeared again and this time with two young.
Howler Monkeys are the largest of the New World monkeys and this
species is black except for a fringe of long golden brown hair along
their sides (a mantle). The angle of the lower jaws of howler monkeys
makes it possible for them to produce their remarkable loud ‘howls’
which can be heard two miles away through the jungle, and over three
miles across more open land.
Nigel Simpson with the Inga tree
planted just over two years ago.
Inga trees reforest the rainforest
The photo to the right shows Nigel Simpson alongside an Inga
tree that he, together with WLT trustee Jane Krish and
other Ecuadorian colleagues from Fundación Jocotoco, planted
as a seedling on previously cleared land at Buenaventura, in November
2004. This photograph was taken in December 2006 and demonstrates
clearly the sort of growth that can be achieved in just two years.
FJ awarded for watershed protection
WLT in the UK and US raised the funds in 2006 to enable Fundación
Jocotoco to complete the new Jorupe Reserve that
protects the threatened tropical dry forests of the Tumbesian ecosystem
of southwestern Ecuador. This forest provides habitat for 69 endemic
species of birds, including the globally threatened Henna-hooded
Foliage-Gleaner, as well as the watershed of the Jorupe
River, the source of clean drinking water for the nearby community
of Macará, which recently awarded the foundation a medal
for the watershed protection. Javier Robayo of FJ attended the ceremony
and met with the Mayor. FJ hopes to complete the purchase of the
entire watershed of the Jorupe River during 2007.
Mr and Mrs Barriga, who have
helped expand the Jorupe Reserve by selling their land.
Jorupe, FJ's seventh reserve, is currently being expanded by 1114
acres (451 hectares), being bought from Mr and Mrs Barringa. Their
land backs on to the reserve and they are very pleased to have sold
it for conservation. Often the local owners who put their land into
conservation go on to become park guards and local advocates for
feel that the Brazilian rainforest deserves a gift this year. Still
seriously threatened by deforestation, the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest
needs our help more than ever. So step off the consumer treadmill
and give something a little more meaningful to your Valentine this
year: Buy a piece of Brazilian rainforest and help us create a special
Valentine's Day reserve.
Last order date in the UK for delivery on Valentine's Day is February
9 for ordinary posting. For posting by special delivery, please
order by 1pm (GMT) on Tuesday, 13 February and donate £5 extra
to cover the cost.
The WLT is working with REGUA in Brazil to protect what is left
of the Atlantic Rainforest (MataAtlântica).
We recently received these encouraging words from Paula Romano,
a supporter in Santo André, Greater São Paulo, Brazil:
"I would like to express my gratitude
to your inspiring work to protect the wonders of this planet. I'm
a Brazilian who lives in an already destroyed portion of Rain Forest
and it is very good to find out that there are serious people struggling
to increase this tiny portion that still remains. Thanks a lot on
behalf of Mata Atlântica!"
Artists and Authors Supporting Conservation
Green Ink Saves more Green Forest
Artists and authors can support the WLT through Green Ink,
a project that encourages anyone with books in Public Libraries
to assign their Public Lending Rights (PLRs) to the Trust for land
purchase projects. Many writers don’t even know that they
are entitled to these funds so it is a painless way of supporting
WLT’s conservation work. About 180 writers and illustrators
have assigned some or all of their rights and together their assignments
for 2006 raised £9,572 for WLT. If you know of any writers/illustrators
who might be interested in joining us please email Viv Burton at:
Three very different artists, the same concern for the
World Land Trust is grateful for the support of two professional
photographers and a sponsored artist all of whom are concerned about
environmental degradation and are committed to support effective
conservation through WLT.
Cristian Barnett is a London based photographer
who is currently photographing people who live and work along the
arctic circle. His wonderful pictures can be seen at www.lifeontheline.org.uk.
Like Cristian, Chris Perrett is a professional
photographer. His stunning images, including some taken close to
the reserve the WLT helped establish in the Osa Peninsular, Costa
Rica, can be seen at www.naturesart.co.uk.
Ian Macintosh is a British artist and graphic
designer specialising in acrylics. His highly distinctive 'Men With
Hats' series and 'Ethereal Muses' group can be seen at www.abbeyimages.co.uk.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or corporate supporter,
please contact Gerald Watts at the WLT office at
News in Brief
Wildlife news from India
The WLT's partner in India is the Wildlife Trust of India
(WTI), which is an extremely dynamic organisation staffed by real
enthusiasts. There is always so much going on, and we would encourage
anyone interested in conservation in India to sign up to WTI's electronic
newsletters at www.wti.org.in/html/mailing-list.php.
If any of our supporters (or any other wildlife enthusiasts) wish
to support WTI's projects directly, they can make donations through
the WLT, to be passed on to WTI. Please contact us for more information
if you wish to do this.
Deforestation and climate change
The correct answer to last month's competition was B: About 20%
of human-caused carbon emissions are caused by deforestation (http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6vjhlf).
The lucky winners received a copy each of the climate change documentary
“An Inconvenient Truth” on DVD.
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