Are you a frequent traveller, or have a trip planned and are travelling light? If so, would you consider helping the World Land Trust (WLT) transport essential books to non-government organisations in developing countries?
The 'Books for Conservation' project was initiated in 2002 when the Natural History Book Service (NHBS) and the WLT joined together in an imaginative arrangement to provide essential reference books for conservation non-government organisations in developing countries.
The books donated by the WLT cover a wide range of topics relevant to environmental and conservation issues and are an invaluable asset to conservation non-government organisations (NGOs), especially those in developing countries who often do not have the funding to buy even simple reference books. In response to an overwhelming number of requests since this project was launched, the WLT has been providing these books to organisations all over the world,
However, the project is currently being held up, because of the cost involved in shipping books. At the moment, the project relies on NGOs being able to organise the collection of books from the UK, and in many cases this is not possible meaning many NGOs miss out on this important opportunity. To enable the distribution of books to a wider range of NGOs, the WLT is seeking out people who would be willing to transport a few books on our behalf.
If you are planning a trip and are willing to take some books with you, please email your name, address and telephone number as well as details of your trip (i.e. destination, date, time) to projects*at*worldlandtrust.org (To avoid spam, we cannot show the email address in full. Please replace *at* with the symbol @ in your email address field.). The books are normally packed in 2.5, 5 and 10kg.
If you are not travelling or have too much luggage yourself - you can still help! A donation to the World Land Trust 'Books for Conservation' will enable us to post books directly to organisations that might not otherwise receive them. To make a donation to this important cause, call the World Land Trust on +44 (0) 1986 874 422.
Please note that as the World Land Trust is based in the UK, books should ideally be collected in London or Cambridge.