« Return to eBulletin Archive

World Land TrusteBulletin - Conservation News

World Land Trust eBulletin Spring 2009

WLT signs new project partnerships in Africa

The "Budunki gap" in Tanzania, which WLT will help reforest to conserve the ancestor of the houseplant African Violet.

For many years supporters of the WLT have been urging us to get involved in Africa, but despite several visits we have never managed to identify a suitable project or a suitable partner with whom to work, but that is now set to change.

WLT has just partnered with Nature Kenya, and the Tanzanian Wildlife Conservation Society. Both are relatively small, but very active locally managed conservation NGOs, who have a strong interest in community land-based conservation projects.

One project has already been approved by the WLT Trustees: reforesting the “Budunki gap” between two forest reserves to protect the African Violet in Tanzania, and another is project in Kenya is currently being considered. This would protect grassland habitat for Sharpe's Longclaws in Kenya.

Learn more: Grassland protection in Kenya and creating a forest corridor in Tanzania: Two new conservation projects »

Paraguay's President visits the Pantanal Reserve

Poster of the President's visit to Three Giants

Fernando Lugo, President of Paraguay, visited the Three Giants Biological Field Station in February and enjoyed his brief stay so much that he returned for a second time.

Stressing the importance of the work WLT partners Guyra Paraguay are doing, Lugo said that this area was of great environmental importance which deserves to be recognized more widely.

The poster above, showing two photos from the visit, was given to the President from Guyra Paraguay. (See a larger version of the poster)

Three Giants, and the Chaco-Pantanal Reserve where the field station is situated, were both funded largely by donations from WLT supporters.

Learn more: Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo visits the Reserve in the Pantanal »

Volunteer opportunities with WLT & Partners

A fantastic opportunity to discover Paraguay has arisen courtesy of WLT partners Guyra Paraguay, who are looking for a Grant Application Writing Volunteer to spend 4-6 months working in Asunción, Paraguay (expenses covered). The closing date for applications is the Wednesday 8th April.

Closer to home, WLT are seeking volunteers for the British Birdwatching Fair to assist on our stands, working with staff, oversees project partners and visitors (expenses covered). An interest in tropical birds is a must! The closing date for applications is 1 June.

News in Brief

Upcoming events

Tickets now available for 20 Years of WLT – Retrospective and Prospective 8th May, Linnean Society, London

Sign up for Just Walk: sponsored UK charity walk 9 May, South Downs, West Sussex

Andrew's Ark: Arts Exhibition supporting World Land Trust

WLT event to thank wildlife supporters in the West Country

New web resources

World Land Trust Conservation Projects on Google Earth

Spring issue of World Land Trust News available online as pdf

Green Diary: New blog about WLT and how to achieve conservation

Fundraising news

Recycle your Empty Printer Cartridges and Help Save Rainforest

Endangered Wildlife Inspire 'Rising Gems' at Coutts London Jewellery Week 2009

Green Pledge from CSG helps World Land Trust save tropical forests

Other updates

Jocotoco Antpittas increase in Tapichalaca (Ecuador)

Hummingbirds fly in to Piccadilly for Spring

Tree planting at Kites Hill Reserve (Cotswolds, UK)

Cocktails raising funds for the Yellow-shouldered Parrot

« Return to eBulletin Archive