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World Land Trust eBulletin February 2009

Make a pledge & Win Rainforest Safari Book

For a chance to win Rainforest Safari by James Parry, make a pledge to take steps to save rainforests and other habitats in 2009.

In the last issue of the eBulletin we highlighted ways you can help save wildlife habitats without making a donation. We felt this was timely in light of the current economic climate and would love to hear your own ideas of ways to avoid habitat destruction.

What steps are you taking to be greener this year? Whether you are pledging to save trees by sending ecards, lobbying food manufacturers to use sustainable palm oil or buying second hand, we'd like to know.

Inspire others and be inspired yourself to take positive action: Make a Pledge to save Wildlife - and if you take the pledge before the end of February, you will have the chance to win a wonderful new book; Rainforest Safari (reviewed below). We have one copy to give away, which will be sent to a randomly chosen participant in March.
Learn more and take the pledge here »

Feel good about the rainforests!

Read the review of Rainforest Safari

In his review of Rainforest Safari, Simon Barnes writes: "For some years now, we have accepted the fact that it is our duty to feel bad about the rainforest. But now we have a book with a radical new take on that notion. The implication, on every page is this: why don't we all change our minds and feel good about the rainforest?"

At WLT we couldn't agree more. Our policy has always been to focus on positive news, to highlight achievements and not use scare tactics or emotive imagery to prompt action from our supporters. Keeping a positive attitude enables us to focus our energy on making a difference, and by taking even just small steps towards greening our lifestyles and protecting wildlife and the environment there is a sense of achievement that we can make a difference.

Please stay positive in 2009!

Read Simon's review of Rainforest Safari »

New Project in Guatemala

Learn more about the new project in Guatemala

A new project to protect seriously threatened tropical rainforest in Caribbean Guatemala has just been approved by the WLT trustees. This project, in the Río Sarstún watershed, will protect many important species including the Mexican Black Howler Monkey, Baird’s Tapir, Jaguar and even the West Indian Manatee occurs in the river and lagoons abutting the land. In saving this 657 hectare property WLT, together with our new Guatemalan project partner FUNDAECO will also be safeguarding the breeding and feeding grounds of hundred of species of migratory birds as well as all the reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants that survive in the area.

Learn more about the new project in Guatemala »

Last minute Valentine gift acres & e-greetings

Make a Valentine donation here

Boycott the imported, pesticide laden roses this year and give your love some rainforest! We are still able to send out gift packages with a special Valentine certificate if you choose the electronic certificate option when you donate. (A pdf certificate will be emailed to you for passing on to the recipient.) Please note that electronic certificates are not sent automatically but prepared for you personally. Please make your donation by 1pm (GMT) this Friday to receive the certificate in time.

Make your donation online or give the WLT office a call to arrange your green Valentine gift.

If you want to send your Valentine (or Valentines!) an e-greeting, WLT has a selection of simple ecards that are free to use. For something a little more sophisticated, try Everyclick's ecard service, which lets you send up to 10 greetings for a donation of just £5 to benefit the World Land Trust or another charity of your choice.

News in Brief

Webcam update: Uninterrupted streaming from the rainforest
WLT's wildlife webcam

The World Land Trust would like to thank our intrepid explorer Sean Barry who recently travelled to the Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador on a voluntary  basis to work on the webcam project. Sean, a professional streaming expert from Ireland, grappled with bad weather and only intermittent contact  with the outside world due to the remoteness of the reserve, but thanks to his work we now have uninterrupted streaming. View the webcam here and you may be lucky enough to spot the resident coatis visiting the birdfeeder! (Pictured above.)

We are currently working hard to take the project to the next stage and transmit the video in higher definition, with improved colours and sound to bring the amazing biodiversity of the tropical forests that bit closer!

Projects and partner updates

First video of Banded Ground Cuckoo (Ecuador): The first video of this species has been recorded in Río Canandé Reserve in Ecuador.

Progress in the endangered Amazon cloud forests (Ecuador): An update on last year's activities from Fundación EcoMinga.

Paraguay's National Parks guarded thanks to World Land Trust supporters

World Land Trust partners with IUCN Netherlands

Events

WLT's 20th anniversary celebrations and other events: Find out more about our upcoming events, including The Great Ape Debate

The role of restoration ecology in mitigation of climate change and loss of biodiversity: Abstract book and speakers' presentations are now available for this meeting, which took place in November.

Supporter updates

Take part in JustWalk and raise money for conservation

Awards for WLT Corporate Supporters

Film-maker & World Land Trust supporter to organise India tour

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