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Land purchased and protected: 2012, the year in review

25 January, 2013 - 16:00 -- World Land Trust
Land purchased and protected: 2012, the year in review
Land purchased and protected: 2012, the year in review

During 2012 World Land Trust (WLT) stayed true to its founding mission.

The Trust's main aim has always been to raise funds to purchase critically threatened habitats, and to develop pioneering projects and partnerships with overseas conservation organisations.

The year in pictures and detailed highlights » 


Land purchased

In 2012, WLT and its supporters helped purchase 18,780 acres (7,600 hectares)* of threatened habitat. 

During the year, ongoing protection of the reserves was made possible through WLT’s Keepers of the Wild programme. WLT’s Plant a Tree programme enabled reforestation of reserve areas that had been cleared prior to purchase. In addition, companies and individuals were able to offset their unavoidable carbon emissions through WLT’s Carbon Balanced programme. 

*This total does not include areas of land reforested, designated a management area or otherwise protected but without being purchased

Partners and projects - a Conservation Alliance

WLT approved three new partners in 2012. Two in Argentina to manage the new Misiones project: La Fundación Naturaleza para el Futuro (FuNaFu) and Fundación Biodiversidad-Argentina - and one is Zambian, the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ).

This brings to 30 the number of WLT’s partners. Of these, 26 are programme partners for whom WLT has committed funding for conservation activities, currently or in the past. The other four are operational (strategic) partners with whom WLT maintains active communication, particularly in respect to Conservation Alliance activities. 

Special appeals

Two special appeals were launched during the year: the Margarita Island Parrot Appeal and the Caucasian Leopard Appeal. Fundraising for WLT's second major land purchase in Malaysian Borneo came to a successful conclusion in March, and at the end of 2012 WLT announced that a new Borneo Rainforest Appeal would be launched in 2013, with the aim of raising one million pounds.

Keepers of the Wild

During the year, WLT’s Keepers of the Wild programme continued to strengthen the work of our partner conservation organisations. The Keepers of the Wild programme celebrated its first anniversary in March 2012, and by the end of the year 20 rangers were being funded with 12 partner organisations.

Carbon offsets

Meanwhile, work continued throughout 2012 to develop the Paraguay Forest Conservation Project in association with Guyra Paraguay and Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO). This is a major project, which over 20 years, will offset SPO’s unavoidable emissions by preventing the release of at least 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the biodiverse Chaco and Atlantic forest regions of Paraguay. 

The year in pictures and highlights of the year including land purchases, endangered species protected and other WLT activities » 


Submitted by Sara Boorman on

Do you have any plans to engage in work in Madagascar - having visited and been shocked by the de-forestation I wondered whether you might start to get involved there?

Submitted by Mary McEvoy on

Dear Sara,
WLT has always been concerned by the amount of habitat loss occurring on Madagascar and of course it is a very high priority area for conservation. However, the Trust only works through in-country conservation NGOs which fulfil our criteria to become Programme Partners. To date we have not found a suitable partner in Madagascar that is also prioritising the purchase of land for conservation. Things may be changing on this front and WLT is always looking out for new opportunities but for now we have planned our 2013 budget and are fully committed to our 26 worldwide partners.
Mary Tibbett,
Conservation Programmes Officer (Africa & Asia Regions)

Submitted by Josh on

I am very happy that some land has been purchased and protected so that companies cant cut it down for gold mining or farm palm oil trees and i hope that people will keep donating to you and you can buy more land

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