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John Burton's Green Diary

  • 14 May 2009
    Wednesday was another day in London, based in the office which we share with Elephant Family. First a sandwich lunch with a potential new corporate supporter, who is considering su...
  • 13 May 2009
    Last Friday was the 20th Anniversary of the World Land Trust, to the day (8 May). Lee Durrell, wife of the late Gerald Durrell to England for the celebrations, and spoke about the...
  • 08 May 2009
    Yesterday, after dealing with the 58 emails from Wednesday, I went to Norwich Airport to collect Jerry Bertrand, the WLT's President, and former Chairman of BirdLife Internatio...
  • 07 May 2009
    Yesterday was a long day; catching the 07.15 train to London for a meeting with one of our corporate supporters, Price Waterhouse Coopers, followed by a lunch with the Chairman to...
  • 05 May 2009
    This is the by-line for an article in this month's Natural World (the magazine of the Wildlife Trusts in UK), which landed on my desk today. It concerns a very interesting arti...
  • 30 April 2009
    Monday afternoon we held one of our regular projects update meetings, where we discuss our current and future conservation projects. The list of active land purchases being support...
  • 29 April 2009
    Finished writing my few words for the upcoming Great Ape Debate on Thursday. This meeting is going extremely well, with a huge amount of interest. An article in last Sunday's O...
  • 27 April 2009
    Why doesn't the World Land Trust (WLT) have an endowment fund? Endowment funds are set up to provide long-term sustainable income, usually to fund the core costs of running a c...
  • 23 April 2009
    On Monday we interviewed candidates for a volunteer position in Paraguay. Our partners, Guyra Paraguay, asked us to find a volunteer who could go and work for 6 months in their off...
  • 20 April 2009
    Last Thursday we held a 20th Anniversary event in Bristol, with Sir David Attenborough, WLT's Patron as guest speaker. The event was a great success, and WLT's Jo Finch, wh...
  • 15 April 2009
    Yesterday I was preparing my words for an event being held in Bristol on Thursday evening -- we will be tracing the history of the World Land Trust over the past 20 years, using vi...
  • 13 April 2009
    Saturday's Times carried a splendid feature on the World Land Trust's wildlife corridors, written by WLT Council member Simon Barnes, as well as a personal commentary on se...
  • 09 April 2009
    The day usually starts with coffee. In fact ever since Puro Coffee started supporting the World Land Trust you could say the WLT runs on coffee. Every coffee drinker that visits ou...
  • 08 April 2009
    A very busy day, with a new potential corporate supporter visiting today. I drafted a report on my visit to India, to be circulated to Trustees, and met with our web team to discus...
  • 07 April 2009
    Just back from India where I went to Corbett National Park with our partners Wildlife Trust of India. We were investigating potential new wildlife corridors around Corbett National...
  • 01 April 2009
    Answer: Unfortunately, no.Unfortunately land in Borneo costs much, much more than £50 an acre since, despite the world's economic crisis, it is in huge demand for oil pal...
  • 26 March 2009
    My blogs will be erratic or non-existent over next couple of weeks, as I am taking writer and journalists Simon Barnes and Peter Hughes with me on a visit to the World Land Trust...
  • 25 March 2009
    I came to the office this morning and found a report that corporate donations to charity were down 34%. This is certainly not the case for the World Land Trust: Though so far this...
  • 24 March 2009
    Today is a fairly typical day in the office, with meetings with staff, sorting out loose ends before I go to India on Thursday. Trying to sort out how much money we have available...
  • 23 March 2009
    Intelligent Giving is a charity analysis site where you can do a quick check on all the larger charities. IG's mission is "to make giving more effective - by helping donor...
  • 20 March 2009
    One of the best ways companies and generous individuals can help conservation is to match donations from the general public. For example, if someone was to match all the donations...
  • 19 March 2009
    Tuesday was a long day. Setting off at 07:30 I drove to Bristol, accompanied by Toby Gibson who looks after our IT, and Kristina Turner, who is just completing an internship with t...
  • 18 March 2009
    I was looking at BirdLife International's website, and in particular the sections about their Preventing Extinctions Programme, because this is the programme that last year...
  • 16 March 2009
    20 years after the World Land Trust (WLT) first started saving acres of rainforest by 'selling' them to the public, the RSPB are now doing the same (in Sumatra, Indonesia)....
  • 11 March 2009
    The last couple of days have been taken up with interviews for a new member of staff to work in the World Land Trust's donations team. I find interviews very depressing, becaus...
  • 10 March 2009
    Today I signed some transfers of funds to our partners in South America, and the international financial situation hit home. Whereas a year back the exchange rate was $2 to £...
  • 09 March 2009
    On Saturday night our three 'Dippies' (students of the Diploma course in Conservation*) held a Venezuelan evening in the Graduate Bar of University of East Anglia to raise...
  • 04 March 2009
    Last Saturday I went to Washington DC to meet with our colleagues, WLT-US, and discuss our priorities for the next few months. We can do a lot using phone, email and Skype, but ult...
  • 27 February 2009
    It's been a hectic week, with several new potential corporate sponsors calling the Trust and one coming to the offices to discuss in detail the form their sponsorship should ta...
  • 26 February 2009
    I am constantly being asked how the World Land Trust is holding up in these difficult economic times, and when I tell my enquirers that so far we have not seen any significant drop...
  • 25 February 2009
    Meeting our supportersToday is a typical day in London for me -- meetings pretty well back to back. I normally start my day soon after 6 a.m. by feeding the llamas, sheep, hens and...
  • 24 February 2009
    Green Diary is a new blog in form of a diary, about what the World Land Trust (WLT) has to do in order to achieve conservation, as and when it actually happens. John Burton, WLT...
  • 18 September 2003
    A Tribute from John Burton It was with great sadness that the World Land Trust learned of the death of Chris Parsons, on the 8th November 2002. Christopher Parsons OBE was a st...

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