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World Land Trust eBulletin July 2011


Paraguay land purchase success on deforestation frontier

New land purchase in Paraguay

The unbroken forest of the new San Gabriel Reserve - saved from deforestation.

In the fight against dangerous climate change the World Land Trust (WLT) celebrates land purchase in Paraguay, turning more threatened habitat into a wildlife reserve as part of our REDD+ project.

The new reserve, called the Colonia San Gabriel Arcangel, protects a vast 11,000 acres (4,400 hectares) of highly threatened habitat in the Chaco region of Paraguay.

Not only is this land purchase seen as a major success, it is also the second component of a much bigger REDD+ project collaboration between WLT and Guyra Paraguay, called the Paraguay Forest Conservation Project. The land purchase follows the success of the first component which was validated and awarded a ‘Gold’ standard by the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA).

Read more about the Paraguay Forest Conservation Project »

WLT Council Member awarded MBE

Lee Durrell awarded MBE

Gerald and Lee Durrell at the Launch of Programme for Belize in May 1989

World Land Trust congratulates Dr Lee Durrell, a Council Member, on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced in June. Of her award Lee said “I am very honoured to have received the MBE, but I feel it is more for my colleagues and friends at Durrell, past and present, who work tirelessly on our mission to save species from extinction.”

Lee, born in Memphis, Tennessee, met her husband-to-be, Gerald Durrell in 1977 and married in 1979. She moved to Jersey and has worked closely with and for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (then Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust) ever since; she became its Honorary Director after the death of Gerald Durrell in 1995.

In May 1989 Lee came to the UK with Gerald to help us launch Programme for Belize (the birth of WLT) at the London Butterfly House. Over the past 22 years she has continued to support WLT and became a Council Member in 2010.

Read Lee's message about the WLT »
Visit the WLT Council members page »

Birds return to WLT's wildlife webcams for winter feast

Saw-billed Hermit

Bird numbers visiting the WLT wildlife webcams are on the increase. While it's summer in the northern hemisphere the WLT webcams located in the southern hemisphere are witnessing winter activity. Even in the tropics winter means less natural food in the forest and more birds taking advantage of the feasts provided at the webcam feeders.

Parakeets, the endangered and reintroduced Red-billed Curassow and numerous hummingbird species are all flocking to the feeders and if you are lucky you will see them.

Read Luciano's latest blog about the birds of the Wildlife Webcams »

News in Brief

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Discovery of rare wild palm species on WLT - funded reserve
Palm discovered on Danjugan Island

The discovery of a rare wild palm species has highlighted the importance of protecting habitats as permanent wildlife reserves.

The Adonidia merrillii palm was recently found on the WLT-funded Danjugan Island, the Trust's third land purchase project started in 1994. Although the plant is cultivated around the world, wild populations are rare and have a fascinating population distribution.

Its discovery on Danjugan Island not only adds to the knowledge of its unusual distribution but also is a significant genetic resource for the future of its conservation.
Find out more about the palm's discovery and unusual population distribution »

Camera Trap Competition: Closing date 15th July
BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Competition - 2010 winner Mark Rayan Damaraj

The 2010 winner Malayan Tiger: © Mark Rayan Damaraj

Do you have a great camera-trap photo of an interesting or rare species? Enter the 2011 BBC Wildlife camera-trap competition for your chance to win £3,000 for your conservation or research project. The closing date for this year's entry is July 15 so enter your best shots today.

Find out more about the competition »

WLT Events
  • British Bird watching Fair (19, 20, 21 August)
  • Come and visit us at this year's Birdfair. This is a great opportunity for you to chat to WLT staff , partners and supporters. Be sure to join us for Dan Freeman's talk on his life as cameraman and producer at the Natural History Unit, Bristol and the joint BBC Wildlife/WLT camera-trap competition. This is on Fri Aug 19.
    Come and visit WLT at the Birdfair»
Other news and updates
In this issue:
  • Paraguay land purchase success on deforestation frontier
  • WLT Council Member awarded MBE
  • Birds return to WLT's wildlife webcams for winter feast
  • News in brief
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