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World Land Trust (WLT) and its network of partners carries out innovative conservation work that is regularly featured in local and national media. This page displays a selection of news articles featuring WLT, ranging from our work to conserve threatened habitats and species to our high profile events.

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  • Novel way to promote green issues

    Oxford Mail
    10 March, 2014

    She wants the character to become a female Indiana Jones. But Oxford author Sigrid Shreeve is hoping her debut novel will have a more hard-hitting message about the importance of protecting our environment.

    She has published her novel Jabujicaba under the pen name Rosa Da Silva and said: “I’m an environmental campaigner and over the years the messages have become so negative. Don’t do this, don’t use your car, don’t eat that. People are bombarded with negativity.

    “As an experiment I wanted to see if I could have some fun while engaging people.” 

    When the book goes on sale, all of the proceeds will be donated to World Land Trust projects in the Amazon rainforest. 

  • Poachers kept at bay as emeralds go green

    The Times
    1 March, 2014

    Is writing a form of action? It certainly feels like one. But is it really an avoidance of action? When you’re writing about the Olympic 100 metres final, as I have done quite a few times, you’re working your socks off, all right — but at the same time it’s pretty clear that you are sitting down while Usain Bolt is travelling at the speed of light.

    A sportswriter can’t claim to be part of the action in quite the same way as the people on sport’s front line. So what about conservation? Is writing in support of wildlife, biodiversity, bioabundance and sustainability a form of action? Or am I still on the wrong side of the touchline? 

  • Experiencing the Wild Chaco in keynote address

    Contacto Paraguay
    11 February, 2014

    The lecture was given by Nick Baker, a popular British television presenter and environmentalist, who words for the BBC, Animal Planet and National Geographic, who recently visited our country specifically to find out abou the Paraguayan Chaco.

    Baker spent 6 days in the Chaco, accompanied by a team from World Land Trust, an international organisation promoting environmental protection, conservation organisation Guyra Paraguay, and Wild Paraguay.

  • Thetford otters star in Suffolk art exhibition

    Eastern Daily Press
    11 February, 2014

    An exhibition at the World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth looks at the great diversity of the animal kingdom with a special focus on otters which are now regularly seen in the Thetford area.

  • Nick Baker will talk about his experience in the Chaco

    abc
    6 February, 2014

    The British presenter and naturalist Nick Baker, whose programme airs on the Animal Planet channel, will host a talk on his experiences in the Paraguayan Chaco. The event entitled 'Experiencing the Wild Chaco' will be at 19:30 at the Theatre of the Americas Paraguayan American Cultural Center.

    From January 31, Baker is touring the Chaco with professionals from Guyra Paraguay, director of World Land Trust, John Burton, and Dr Iain Barr, a professor at the University of East Anglia. The aim of the expedition is to learn more about the area which is so important, so diverse and so threatened. 

  • Well-known British naturalist visits the Chaco

    abc
    1 February, 2014

    The well-known television presenter and environmentalist Nick Baker is touring the Paraguayan Chaco, where he will give a talk about his experience in the environmental field.

    Baker, who works for the BBC, National Geographic and Animal Planet, regretted the fact that the Chaco is becoming an exclusively cattle area, to the extent that it is now the region with the highest rate of deforestation in the world, according to a report by the organisation Guyra Paraguay.

  • Famous British naturalist visits the Chaco

    abc
    31 January, 2014

    The famous British naturalist and TV presenter Nick Baker is visiting the Chaco, accompanied by representatives of World Land Trust, Guyra Paraguay and the Wild Paraguay television programme.

    Over the next few days they will be visiting various nature reserves, private and public, after which Baker will be giving a talk 'Experiencing the Wild Chaco' in the capital Asunción.

  • Thetford otters feature in exhibition at WLT gallery, Halesworth

    Iceni Post
    29 January, 2014

    Creatures Great & Small, the current exhibition at World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth celebrates the diversity of the animal kingdom, with a focus on otters, which are now regularly seen in Thetford in Norfolk. 

  • Cotswold visitors' donations fund conservation work

    Witney Gazette
    22 January, 2014

    Conservation charities have become the first projects to benefit from donations to the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme.

    The scheme was launched last year by the Cotswold Conservation Board to raise funds through voluntary donations from tourists to go towards landscape and environmental projects in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

    The Cotswolds Rivers Trust, which is based in Shipton-under-Wychwood, and the World Land Trust have used the grants for wildlife habitat restoration. 

  • Grants given to help conservation efforts of the Cotswolds' natural environment

    Gloucestershire Echo
    7 January, 2014

    Efforts to help save the natural environment in the Cotswolds have been given a boost.

    Two conservation charities, the Cotswolds Rivers Trust and the World Land Trust, have been given £500 grants each for the work.

    It is the first payouts from the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme awards, which was launched last year.

  • The Euro-leopard is thriving — but we must continue to protect it

    The Times
    28 December, 2013

    Regular readers of this space will be familiar with the Euro-leopard. A few months back, I was asking if there really were still leopards left in what might with charity be called Greater Europe. As all geographers know, if it enters the Eurovision song contest it counts as Europe, so Armenia is European and if there are any leopards left there, they are Euro-leopards...

  • Endowment to protect portion of Atlantic Forest in Paraguay

    Global Conservation Fund
    19 December, 2013

    Eastern Paraguay’s Reserva Guyra Reta in the San Rafael Forest — an important source of fresh water, and home to the Mbyá-Guaraní people and globally threatened species — will benefit from a $1 million endowment fund established by Conservation International’s (CI) Global Conservation Fund (GCF), the World Land Trust (WLT) and Paraguayan NGO Asociación Guyra Paraguay (Guyra). The San Rafael Fund for Biodiversity Conservation will be managed by WLT to cover the costs of Guyra’s work protecting this important private reserve for the long term. 

  • Helping the dormouse down the corridor to recovery

    The Times
    9 November, 2013

    Two important questions. Why is a raven like a writing desk? And why is a dormouse like a tiger? I was asked to address both issues recently in the heart of East Anglia as one of the speakers at Alice in Wonderland Meets the Jungle Book, an evening about conservation at local and global level.

  • There's more than one side to the countryside

    The Times
    2 November, 2013

    I'm up on a platform talking about such things as connectivity next week. I shall be trying to link dormice and elephants. It's part of an evening called "Alice in Wonderland Meets The Jungle Book", supporting both Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the World Land Trust at the Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth.

  • Calls for action at Controversial Conservation debate

    Wildlife Extra
    25 October, 2013

    Issues that are rarely discussed outside conservation circles were raised publicly at Controversial Conservation, a debate held by World Land Trust (WLT) at the Royal Society.

    With threats to the world's biodiversity coming from every quarter, and new threats looming daily, WLT decided it was high time to bring some of the issues to the table, despite the fact that there is resistance to discussing many of them.

  • Don't demonise palm oil to save orang-utans

    New Scientist
    21 October, 2013

    The palm-oil industry is often vilified for the plight of orang-utans – but mud-slinging won't save them, argues primatologist Isabelle Lackman.

  • Class act

    East Anglian Daily Times
    21 October, 2013

    Musician and composer Sarah Class is a woman in demand. At only 34 years old she is already one of Britain's most sought-after musical talents, whose hauntingly beautiful and evocative compositions have helped bring to life many of the nation's favourite natural history documentaries...

    Read the full interview by Sheena Grant in EA Life

  • Ipswich: Fuller Davies celebrates green accolade

    EADT 24
    20 October, 2013

    Fuller Davies, based in Ipswich, has achieved Carbon Balanced Publication Printer status, which involves offsetting carbon emissions through the World Land Trust (WLT) in partnership with PaperlinX, for the second year.

  • Big Match news

    The Times
    19 October, 2013

    Further news on the Big Match appeal, in which Times readers contributed with such glorious generosity to the World Land Trust project for a major wildlife corridor in Borneo, a highway for orang-utans and pygmy elephants that links fragments of forest.

  • Chris Packham: threaten China to stop trade in endangered species

    The Times
    15 October, 2013

    Britain should threaten to stop buying cheap goods from China unless it agrees to clamp down on the illegal trade in body parts of endangered species, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.

    He urged George Osborne, the Chancellor, to use his trade mission to China to demand that it stop exploiting tigers and rhinos and “hoovering birds out of the sea” off the Africa coast.

    Speaking at the Royal Society in London at a debate organised by the World Land Trust, a conservation charity, he said: “Wouldn’t it be good if George said to his Chinese delegates ‘we would like to buy more of your almost impossibly cheap goods but only if you do something about the importation of rhino horn and tiger bone’.”

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