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World Land Trust eBulletin September 2009

Over one million acres of rainforest saved in Peru

Not just forest and wildlife, but also this Matsés indigenous tribe will be protected by the new National Reserve in Peru.

1,039,390 acres of pristine rainforest in the Amazon lowlands of Peru has been saved, thanks to World Land Trust-US (WLT-US) and Peruvian partner CEDIA (Center for the Development of the Indigenous Amazonians). The Matsés National Reserve was declared by the Peruvian government 27th of August and will protect not just wildlife but also the isolated Matsés indigenous Amazon tribe fighting to preserve their ancient way of life.

WLT-US aims to save a further 530,000 acres of rainforest in a nearby region of Peru and support from individual donors is vital: For more information and to help, visit the website of WLT-US.

Buying Acres — a popular choice

At the WLT we were faced with a dilemma; our supporters love the Buy an Acre concept but the urgent need to save habitats that cost considerably more than £50 is also pressing. We believe we've come up with a solution that will please everyone.

We have created a new Buy an Acre fund to raise funds for projects where £50 still saves One Acre, and to save land where it costs more than £50 an acre we have the WLT Action Fund, saving land through urgent appeals and unearmarked donations

For more details, see WLT's projects are changing: Introducing the Buy an Acre Fund

We are enormously grateful for the insightful comments and suggestions you left in the questionnaire on the concept of saving acres. If you included your email address we will respond to you in due course, and we will be compiling a summary of the feedback for the website.

Watch Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry in Last Chance to See

Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine in Last Chance to See

WLT supporter and former trustee Mark Carwardine heads off in search of endangered animals together with Stephen Fry in BBC's Last Chance to See, starting 6 September. (See background to the series.)

Watch Mark live: Just before the last episode of Last Chance to See is broadcast WLT brings you Last Chance to See: A World Land Trust Celebrity Lecture with Mark Carwardine, in Bristol 15th October. Tickets are available now from the St George's box office.

Webcam in the Forest: Now with sound!

The Webcam in the Forest, Ecuador

The Webcam in the Forest of Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador is now broadcast live with sound. Listen to the over 30 different species of bird that live in the reserve, as they visit the birdfeeder by the webcam. Also look out for the playful coatis visiting the feeding platform in the background.

Watch the new webcam here

Learn more about the birds and the equipment we are using

News in Brief

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New wildlife habitats saved – land purchase news

First land purchase for Venezuelan project partner Provita
700 hectares saved on Margarita Island to protect Yellow-shouldered Parrots

Saved: 657 hectares of forest in Guatemala
Critically important and highly threatened forest habitat protected

1,700 acres of Brazilian rainforest saved; 18,000 acres now protected
British and Irish Zoos and Aquariums help create a corridor between existing protected areas

Other conservation news

Parakeets doing well at Tapichalaca Reserve (Ecuador)
Artificial nest boxes prove highly successful

Spectacular New Species of Tree Named in Honour of Sir David Attenborough (Press release)
Blakea attenboroughii, a new species known only to WLT supported reserve Cerro Candelaria, Ecuador

Other WLT news & updates

Which? Awards Five Stars to WLT Carbon Offsetting Scheme (Press release)
WLT’s Carbon Balanced Programme achieves top  rating from consumer watch dog magazine

WLT's 20th Anniversary Events
Upcoming and recent events organised by the WLT

Save Our Rainforest Friends! (Press release)
Cuddly rainforest toys benefit WLT’s conservation projects

Where are they now? Conservation Diploma students after graduation

Downloads available on the WLT website

20th Anniversary newsletter

Annual Review & Accounts 2008

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