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World Land Trust eBulletin May 2011


New Orchids named for WLT supporters

Celebrating Plant Conservation Day - New orchids named

Two new Orchids discovered in Cerro Candelaria are named in honour of WLT supporters. Photo © Lou Jost.

In celebration of World Plant Conservation Day on 18th May, the WLT has been reviewing the breadth of plant biodiversity found on the reserves it supports and the ground breaking work that WLT partners are doing to protect threatened plant species.

In April two new orchids in the Teagueia genus were described and published in the Journal, Lankesteriana. These two new species of plants have been named in honour of WLT council member Albertino Abela's mother, and long standing WLT corporate supporters, Puro coffee.

The Teagueia genus is known for its spectacular plant radiations and the addition of T. barbeliana and T. puroana, brings the total number of new high elevation species in this small area of Ecuador to 28.

Read more about the new Orchid species found near the Cerro Candelaria Reserve »

Celebrating the beauty and diversity of Ecuador’s unique plant life

The beauty and diversity of Ecuador's plant life

After the publication of a new book summarising Ecuador's plant biodiversity, Lou Jost (co-founder of WLT partner EcoMinga) tells WLT why the Andes mountains are so important for plant biodiversity

There are few places in the world where so many species can be found in such small areas and a recent book by David A. Neill and Carmen Ulloa features many found on reserves supported by WLT funding.

Lou explains that both EcoMinga and Jocotoco's reserves have been located to protect high concentrations of endemic plant species, as well as other rare wildlife.

Find out more about Ecuador's expanding plant biodiversity »

Venezuelan community works together to develop plant nurseries

Venezuelan Community plant nursery

In Venezuela WLT partner Provita is working with local villagers to create community run plant nurseries.

The community has given input at each stage in the development and the nurseries are designed to suit the community’s needs. The nurseries will grow native tree species for the Macanao Peninsular and will also grow food items for the community to sell at markets, making the nurseries a very sustainable conservation tool.

Find out more about Venezuela's community run plant nurseries »

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The green allure of Zambia’s ethical emerald mines
Protecting Zambia's biodiversity

Last month a group of WLT supporters including author and TV presenter Bill Oddie and The Times writer Simon Barnes, travelled to Zambia to visit Gemfields, an ethical emerald mining company who supported WLT through the Emeralds for Elephants project last year. The group visited the mine to see how Gemfields extract the emeralds, and to discuss ways to further limit the mine's impact on biodiversity.

Read more about the WLT site visit to Gemfields »

Read about Zambia's impressive wildlife »

Is REDD+ right for you? Guide now availabler
New guide - Is REDD+ right for you

Plants have many valuable attributes and one of the most important is their ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere which they store as carbon as they grow. They help to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations and the impacts of climate change.


Last year WLT, in alliance with IUCN-NL, developed a training programme to advise African NGO's on how they can use carbon offsetting delivered through forestry projects as a funding mechanism to further conservation. As a result of the programme an introductory guide on how to use carbon as a funding mechanism is now available to download from the WLT website.

Find out how to download the guide »

WLT Events

Round Ireland with a Fridge (May 26th)

Come and see WLT supporter Tony Hawks present his film 'Round Ireland with a Fridge'. An East Anglian premier with proceeds to WLT.

Other news and updates
In this issue:
  • New Orchids named for WLT supporters
  • Celebrating the beauty and diversity of Ecuador's unique plant life
  • Venezuelan community works together to develop plant nurseries
  • News in brief
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