Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Elephants come to Norwich

10 October, 2005 - 00:00 -- World Land Trust
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6-9pm, Thursday 27th October
at Country & Eastern, Old Skating Rink Gallery
Bethel Street, Norwich

Launched in 2004, World Land Trust is working with the Wildlife Trust of India to protect a major population of Asian elephants. Working with the local community in the Garo Hills of N E India the project aims to ensure the survival of approximately 20% (around 9,200 individuals) of the world's Asian elephant population.

We are delighted to welcome to the UK, Vivek Menon, Executive Director of the Wildlife Trust of India who will be talking about how elephant corridors are proving vital to the existence of Asian elephants which are threatened by degredation and fragmentation of their natural habitat.

Supporters of the World Land Trust have already funded work being carried out on the wildlife corridor between the Rewak Forest Reserve and the Siju Wildlife Sanctuary in Meghalaya State, close to the India-Bangladesh border, and this event will launch a commitment to further elephant corridors which have been identified throughout India.

We are grateful to Jeannie and Philip Millward of Country & Eastern for generously allowing us to use their wonderful venue at the Old Skating Rink and for those who have not already been to this fabulous emporium you are in for a sumptuous treat. The shop will be open and Mr and Mrs Millward are generously donating 10% of all sales to the project.

Please join us for a stunning evening of elephants in truly unique surroundings.

Entrance is free of charge, but by ticket only. Tickets available from: WLT, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth IP19 8AB. Tel: 01986 874422 (office hours)

World Land Trust: World Land Trust was established in 1989 to raise funds for Programme for Belize. An ambitious project to save 110,000 acres of tropical forest which was on the verge of being destroyed. The Programme for Belize was a resounding success and is now an independent organisation with its HQ in Belize City; it now owns and protects 252,000 acres of tropical forest and other threatened habitats. Since then the WLT has gone on to help purchase and protect critically threatened land in the Philippines, Costa Rica and Brazil and is urgently raising funds to save forests in Ecuador, coastal steppe in Patagonia and elephant habitat in India. Read more about the Wild Lands Elephant Corridor project here.

Country & Eastern: Houses a dramatic displays of rugs, textiles, traditional and antique furniture, ceramics, lighting, wood carvings, clothes and accessories and decorative objects - all directly imported from countries extending from Turkey through the Indian subcontinent to East of Java. Philip Millward explains, "our philosophy is to work closely with our suppliers and their crafts men and women so helping to keep alive traditional crafts such as woodblock printing, handloom weaving, rug weaving, embroidery, vegetable dyeing, ceramic and miniature painting and wood carving". Jeannie and Philip Millward travel extensively throughout these countries personally selecting all the items sold.

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