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World Land Trust eBulletin October 2008

Orang-utan Appeal: Now ready for first land purchase in Borneo

Saved: This forest in the Kinabatangan floodplain, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo protects not just Orang-utans, but also other vulnerable species such as Malayan Sun-bear, Pygmy Elephant and Proboscis Monkey. (Photos: KOCP-Hutan, LEAP, Siew Te Wong, WLT)

The WLT launched an urgent appeal to help save Orang-utans and their habitats in July and the response has been fantastic. The funds will be used to fund the purchase of a critical corridor of rainforest between protected areas in Malaysian Borneo. Destined to be converted into an oil palm plantation, this forest has now been saved, with the help of WLT and its generous supporters.

Funds will be transferred to LEAP Conservancy, our project partners in Sabah, early in the New Year and once purchased, the land will be protected as part of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Orang-utans can then live in safety in these forests which will be managed for their benefit in perpetuity.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Orang-utan Appeal so far. But the work doesn’t stop here and as soon as we can raise more funds we will be negotiating further urgent land purchases to save forests from the onslaught of oil palm. Check on our progress on our projects news pages and please keep up your support to save more Orang-utans for the future

The WLT’s Orang-utan fundraising has been helped enormously by the Cambridge Rainforest Appeal, set up by Marshall Group Cambridge to raise more funds for the project.

Send Christmas ecards – and help raise money for the World Land Trust

Ecards that can be personalised with photos and videos – and sent to 100s of recipients
Send a Christmas ecard at Everyclick

Thanks to our friends at Everyclick.com you can now send ecards to all your friends (or clients if you send on behalf of a company), and raise money for conservation at the same time.

For a donation of £5* to the WLT via Everyclick you can send the card to up to 100 recipients and you can even include an image and video clip.

Send ecards that benefit the World Land Trust

More information about the Everyclick ecard service

*WLT will receive up to 121% of this amount, depending on whether or not your donation is Gift Aid eligible.

Animated ecards with traditional Christmas themes

If you are looking for an alternative to traditional Christmas cards, look no further than WLT’s corporate supporters AlphaCard. They have launched a range of superb traditional animated carols and for only £7.50 you have unlimited use of their cards, both those currently available and any new additions, for a full year. WLT is delighted to have been selected as one of the two charities AlphaCards is supporting this year through their ecard service.

Create a fundraising page to support wildlife conservation

One great way to get involved is to set up a fundraising page on Justgiving. We are looking for another 13 people to create their own fundraising pages, to help us reach our target of 50 sites up and running before the New Year!

For more details, see Help save wildlife habitats: Create your own fundraising page on Justgiving.

And don't forget to take the “Save the Rainforest” pledge for 2009!

News in Brief

Christmas Gift Acres – and other Christmas present ideas
Christmas gift suggestions

The last donation date for delivery of posted gift packages within the UK in time for Christmas is today, 19th December. But, if you’ve left your present buying until the last minute, we can send pdf certificates to anywhere in the world by Christmas, as long as you make your donation by Monday 22nd Dec.

Beyond Saving Acres: For an alternative to our Gift Acres check out our other gift ideas.

Green Christmas Ideas

We have collected some Green Christmas ideas that can help you make your Christmas celebrations a little friendlier on the environment - please contribute by adding your own!

Projects news in brief

Working with the Indigenous people of Paraguay
WLT takes the issue of traditional rights very seriously, and for this reason was able to get a grant to support the work of Iniciativa Amotocodie (IA), who work with the Ayoreo Indians in the Northern Chaco.

See also a recent press release by Global Forest Coalition, Agrofuels Threaten Indigenous Peoples in Paraguay. (To view, click on "English", then "News & Publications".)

Education grant for Danjugan Island, Philippines
The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRFCI) has been awarded a grant for the Danjugan Island Science, Education and Research Centre which will allow their education project to continue and open up many other opportunities for their conservation program.

Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Mexico, wins sustainable agriculture grant
Sierra Gorda competed at the World Bank Development Marketplace in September, in a grant competition that "offered a unique opportunity to turn an innovative idea for sustainable agriculture into reality". More information is available in Grupo Ecológico's newsletter.

New charity donation option in eBay checkout

eBay.co.uk is trialling a new feature that enables you to ‘Give a Pound’ to a featured charity such as the WLT when you buy on eBay and pay using PayPal.

Other news

Helping the Three Giants and spreading the word in the Pantanal of Paraguay

Become a fan of Goodlife on Facebook to help raise money for conservation

Eco-friendly inkjet paper from WLT sponsors

Season's Greetings from World Land Trust

Thank you for your support in 2008 and best wishes for the New Year from the World Land Trust team. We look forward to featuring many more conservation successes in the eBulletin in 2009.

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