Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Nature reserves worldwide get bigger

27 September, 2011 - 16:20 -- World Land Trust

More threatened habitats and wildlife are protected as the World land Trust (WLT) helps increase the size of nature reserves across the world

REGUA wetlands

The restored wetlands at the now extended Guapi Assu Reserve in Brazil. Photo © Alan Martin.

Recently the World Land Trust (WLT) has been celebrating the successful expansion of many of the nature reserves that we fund.

In Brazil

In the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, we have helped our partner organisation REGUA (Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu) expand their reserve by 79 acres (32 hectares). The REGUA Reserve protects an over 18,000 acres (7,284 ha) and with only about seven per cent of the Atlantic Rainforest remaining, it is vital we continue to save the last fragments.

In Armenia

In Armenia, two of our partner organisations have been working together to save threatened habitats and wildlife in one of world’s biodiversity hotspots. Our partner IUCN Netherlands have given a grant to repay the costs of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, owned and run by WLT partner organisation, Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). The grant will also fund the expansion of the reserve over the next five years – it is great to see our two partners working together for conservation success.

In Ecuador

El Oro Parakeet

An El Oro Parakeet protreced by the WLT supported Buenaventura Reserve. Photo © M. Dietrich.

While in Ecuador, WLT has helped fund the expansion of two reserves owned by our partner Fundación Jocotoco. Firstly, in the north-west of the country we have been supporting the Río Canandé Reserve through our Carbon Balanced offsetting programme, encouraging individuals and small to medium size organisations to offset their unavoidable carbon emissions.

Thanks to these supporters the Carbon Balanced project site within the Río Canandé Reserve is now 378 acres (153 ha). Over the 20 year project period, our Carbon Balanced project at the reserve will sequester tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide, while preserving the Chocó forest, one of the richest and most diverse forms of tropical forest habitat on Earth.

We are also supported the expansion of Fundación Jocotoco’s Buenaventura Reserve, in south-west Ecuador, by funding the purchase of 321 acres (130 ha). The reserve is helping to safeguard an array of threatened wildlife, particularly the Endangered (IUCN Red List) El Oro Parakeet that depends on this habitat for its survival.

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