Celebrating World Environment Day by saving some of the most threatened wildlife habitats on Earth
The World Land Trust (WLT) marked World Environment Day by safeguarding threatened wildlife in Mexico with their new Spanish partner organisation, Accionatura
On World Environment Day, 5 June 2011, Spanish conservation organisation Acciónatura launched a programme in collaboration with World Land Trust (WLT) that is saving threatened habitat and species in Mexico. This new initiative, called the Land Cover Nature Balance programme (CompensaNatura in Spanish), gives Spanish organisations and individuals the ability to compensate for the area of land occupied by their organisation or business. Funds donated to the programme will be used to create wildlife reserves that are of equal size to the land being occupied by the donors business or organisation, turning some of the richest and most threatened wildlife habitats on Earth into permanently protected reserves.
How are Acciónatura and WLT working together to protect wildlife?
Since 2010, WLT have been working with Acciónatura to protect some of the world’s most threatened habitats and wildlife. Acciónatura is a conservation organisation based in Barcelona, Spain and like WLT they support biodiversity conservation and restoration projects through land purchase. We both work with local in-country partner organisations to ensure the power to protect the environment remains in the hands of local people.
The programme in action: success for Mexico’s threatened species
The programme has already been a huge success, helping to fund a wildlife reserve in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda region to extend the network of reserves run by WLT partner, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG). The reserves are in the most ecologically diverse area of the country and are providing a safe haven for Jaguars, Pumas, Margays and an array of other species. The funding provided by this new programme is enabling WLT to continue our plight to find more projects in the area to help GESG extend their wildlife reserves. In many parts of the world, land is being snapped up for development and agricultural use so initiatives like this enable us to act fast to fund land purchase, creating wildlife reserves to protect habitats that would otherwise be destroyed.