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World Land Trust in the News

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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  • David Attenborough’s ‘Guardian headline’ halts Borneo bridge

    The Guardian
    21 April, 2017

    Officials in Borneo have cancelled plans to build a bridge across the Kinabatangan river, after warnings from Sir David Attenborough and other conservationists that it would gravely endanger pygmy elephants, orangutans and many other jungle species. The news comes just weeks after the Guardian revealed Attenborough’s opposition to the project.

    Attenborough originally sent a private letter to the chief minister of the state of Sabah, Musa Aman, in September 2016. Last month, with signs pointing to the bridge still going ahead, the Guardian published excerpts from the letter. The authorities in Borneo have described Attenborough’s now-public opposition as the final blow to the project.

    “I am immensely pleased to hear that plans to build a bridge at Sukau have been cancelled,” said Attenborough, who is a patron of the World Land Trust, which has saved forest in the Kinabatangan area. “This region is recognised worldwide as being a vital enclave for threatened wildlife, and it is indeed good news that the safe passage of orangutans, pygmy elephants and other endangered wildlife will not be threatened by the bridge and all that would have come with it. The decision will [also benefit] the local people who welcome visitors who come to see the wonderful biodiversity of their forests.”

  • David Attenborough attacks plan for Borneo bridge

    The Guardian
    2 March, 2017

    David Attenborough and Steve Backshall have joined conservationists and charities asking the Borneo government to reconsider a bridge that threatens one of the last sanctuaries of the rare pygmy elephant.

    There are now just 1,500 of the world’s smallest pachyderm, according to WWF, and about 300 of them make their home in the 26,000-hectare Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, in the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. But construction teams have begun preparatory work for a bridge that will cross the Kinabatangan river which weaves through the region. The area is also home to critically endangered orangutans, proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, gibbons, sun bears, pangolins and thousands of other jungle species, and hosts a thriving eco-tourism industry where travellers can view wildlife from boats on the river or while hiking into the forests.

    Attenborough, known globally for his wildlife documentaries and conservation work, rarely intervenes in domestic planning issues. But he has written to the chief minister of the region, arguing that the plan will harm already embattled wildlife populations and create a new barrier for migrating Bornean elephants. Listed as endangered by the IUCN, they require large areas of habitat for foraging and many fear that the increasingly fragmented populations will lead to genetic problems.

    “I have had many encounters with the magnificent and unique species with which your state is blessed,” Attenborough wrote. “If this construction is allowed to go ahead, I am left in no doubt that the bridge will have significant negative effects on the region’s wildlife, the Kinabatangan’s thriving tourism industry and on the image of Sabah as a whole.”

  • Sir David Attenborough stars in new music video to save planet Earth

    Daily Express
    28 February, 2017

    The 90 year old iconic broadcaster's wise words can be heard in an epic soundtrack about fighting for vanishing wildlife and landscapes.

    Television's most recognisable dulcet tones were famously added to the opening scenes of Adele's Hello video when Sir David appeared on a BBC Radio 1 show in November 2015, but now he has a starring role to campaign about his favourite issue: saving the planet.

    Sir David features in the opening scenes of composer Sarah Class' upcoming single 'I Will Fight' to promote the work of the World Land Trust.

  • Steve Backshall and Helen Glover to take part in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

    Wiltshire Times
    28 February, 2017

    Wildlife TV presenter Steve Backshall and his wife, Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, are to kayak 125 miles non-stop from Devizes to the Houses of Parliament at Westminster in the classic DW race this Easter.

    Backshall is a World Land Trust patron and they are racing to raise funds to protect a section of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo, saving it from being cut down to make way for oil palm plantations.

    By doing this they hope to safeguard a wealth of threatened wildlife found there, such as proboscis monkey, Bornean pygmy elephant, the Bornean orang-utan and sunda pangolin, the latter both classified as critically endangered.

  • Brazilian forest area has been saved to celebrate the Rio Olympics

    Discover Wildlife
    25 August, 2016

    A tract of Atlantic Forest near Rio de Janeiro has been rescued and renamed the Olympic Forest Reserve to commemorate Great Britain’s most successful Olympics yet.

    The world’s attention has been focused on Rio during the 2016 Olympic Games, but although many of Britain’s athletes have now returned to UK shores, their success at the Olympics leaves behind an important legacy. 

    Thanks to the World Land Trust’s (WLT) Olympic Forest Appeal, 221 acres of Atlantic Forest has been saved from deforestation, safeguarding the forest's rich array of flora and fauna, which boasts a greater biodiversity than even the Amazon Rainforest.

  • The Cerro Blanco Protected Forest recovering after 2 decades
    8 August, 2016

    In 1992 the Cerro Blanco Protected Forest just had an area of ​​2,000 hectares. Of that, 638 were transformed into pastures, due to logging and forest fires.

    Eric Horstman, Director of Fundacion Pro-Bosque notes that after 24 years the ecosystem recovered. Currently has 6,078 ha, of which 50 would be missing work How did? The team of the Pro-Forest Foundation, through the Forest Restoration Program planted 423,500 trees. This was carried out between 2008 and 2010...

    ..."In 1992 there were no trees, but the woods today have 1,000 of them per hectare, ie, more than 600,000 plants." He says reforestation crystallized with the contribution of $ 350,000 from the environmental organization in UK, World Land Trust; and $ 250,000 awarded by an Ecuadorian company.

  • The Body Shop launches bio-bridge project in Vietnam

    Saigon Times
    28 July, 2016

    UK-based cosmetics and skincare brand The Body Shop has launched the project ‘Help Reggie find love” to raise funds for the first bio-bridge project at Khe Nuoc Trong in the central coast province of Quang Binh...

    ...Together with the World Land Trust, The Body Shop is aiming to restore 75 million square meters of forest bio-bridges by 2020.

  • Children raise money for two charities

    Isle of Man Today
    26 July, 2016

    Children at Michael School have been raising money to save the rainforest and to fight cancer.

    The children in Gorse class raised £700 for the World Land Trust which enabled them to sponsor seven acres of rainforest in Ecuador and receive a certicate.

    The youngsters raised the cash by doing a sponsored walk. They walked five laps of the school field each day for a week and also held a cake sale.

  • Simon Barnes: Off my head on beauty

    The Times
    17 July, 2016

    At the bottom of the Cascade in Yerevan, Armenia, all 572 steps of it, there is a generous square — oblong, rather — crowded with funky sculptures and lined with cafes. At one of the tables, five glasses: two of red wine, two of beer, one of Coke. Emptying them were Ruben, Manuk and Eva from the Armenian NGO the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FWPC), John from the British-based World Land Trust, and me. We were all off our heads. Not from the drink, but the beauty...

  • Cycling school teacher in 240 mile charity challenge

    Somerset Live
    13 July, 2016

    An energetic teacher from Clutton Primary School is cycling 240 miles in just 36 hours to help children raise vital funds to protect the rainforest.

    Russell Tanner, 52, is cycling from Clutton to Suffolk to deliver a cheque for at least £1,500 to World Land Trust, a conservation charity that works to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats...


  • Teaming up with the World Land Trust

    Oak Furniture UK
    3 June, 2016

    Here at Oak Furniture UK we have teamed up with the fantastic World Land Trust, enabling us to work together by giving back to the environment. We believe it’s so important to give something back to the environment, and this campaign is the perfect way to do so. Working alongside such a fantastic charity has enabled us to develop our knowledge, build strong relationships and help the environment as much as we possibly can.

  • Customer purchases to help fund Body Shop bio-bridges programme

    UK Fundraising
    26 May, 2016

    The Body Shop has partnered with World Land Trust in its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and protect 75 million square metres of forest, funded by customer transactions.

    The Bio-Bridges programme will create protected areas of forest, regenerating and reconnecting corridors between healthy rainforest, and linking isolated and endangered animals and plant species.

    To fund the work, The Body Shop is launching an in-store and online campaign, ‘Help Reggie Find Love’, featuring Reggie, a Red-Shanked Douc from Vietnam that will raise awareness and see customers directly support the project with every customer transaction restoring and protecting one square metre of habitat in the forest.

  • How The Body Shop is using 'monkey dating' to tackle deforestation
    26 May, 2016

    The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.

    Working in collaboration with the World Land Trust, The Body Shop will establish the first Bio-Bridge in the Khe Nuoc Trong forest in Vietnam, as a way of restoring wildlife corridors that help endangered species reconnect, enabling them and local communities to thrive.


  • Introducing the body shop’s bio-bridges: a dating service for endangered species to find love

    NC Online News
    26 May, 2016

    “Help Reggie Find Love“

    Bio-Bridges are restored wildlife corridors within damaged landscapes that help endangered species reconnect, enabling them and local communities to thrive...

    ...In this first project, The Body Shop is working with World Land Trust and its partner, Vietnam-based Viet Nature Conservation Centre, to protect the area and its wildlife through regular patrolling and utilising camera-traps. Viet Nature also works closely with the local community to encourage sustainable forest resource use and farming and with schools to encourage involvement.

  • Body Shop 'bio-bridges' to regenerate forests and connect wildlife habitats

    The Guardian
    24 May, 2016

    Programme in partnership with World Land Trust will create corridors of natural habitat to prevent threatened species from being cut off from each other.

    A programme to regenerate thousands of acres of forest and link habitats in wildlife-rich parts of the world has been launched.

    The “bio-bridges” scheme, which creates corridors of natural habitat to prevent threatened wildlife populations being cut off from each other, is being run by the Body Shop in partnership with the World Land Trust.

    Read the full article here »

  • Endangered parakeets gain foothold in cloud forest with newly protected habitat

    Mother Nature Network
    12 May, 2016

    For those who keep a sharp eye out, a small number of highly social, vibrantly colored El Oro parakeets can be found flitting through the cloud forest of Ecuador. These little green birds were only discovered in 1980 and described in 1988, making them a relatively new species to science...

    ..."The Ecuadorian nonprofit Fundación Jocotoco, with the support of American Bird Conservancy and U.K.-based international conservation group World Land Trust, has acquired 233 acres of critically important cloud-forest habitat in Ecuador, home to a rare parakeet — the endangered El Oro parakeet — as well as El Oro Tapaculo and other rare species," reports American Bird Conservancy.

  • Alvez the Tapir off to foreign climes

    Cumbria Crack
    26 April, 2016

    This year’s World Tapir Day on Wednesday (27th April) is an extra special celebration at the Lake District Wildlife Park (LDWLP) near Keswick. The park has a family of four Brazilian Tapirs, one of which is set to jet off to foreign climes....

    ...Richard Robinson, Park Manager said: “We are members of BIAZA – the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums and part of the European breeding programme which allowed us to breed our tapir youngsters. They’re a very popular exhibit and it gives us a platform to highlight the BIAZA joint conservation project with World Land Trust (WLT) who is buying land in the Coastal Atlantic Forest of Brazil to extend the existing 16,000 acres of protected Reserve.”

  • Hunter Valley Zoo celebrates World Tapir Day and Berani's 21st birthday

    Port Stephens Examiner
    20 April, 2016

    Hunter Valley Zoo’s Malayan tapir Berani is turning 21, and everyone is invited to join the party.

    The zoo will mark the special occasion on Saturday, April 23, in conjunction with its World Tapir Day celebrations, which spreads the message of conservation of the endangered species.

    Fundraising on the day will be donated to World Land Trust in Ecuador to assist with international tapir conservation projects. 

  • A Royal Couple, Orphaned Animals and a Painted Elephant

    Assam Times
    14 April, 2016

    Their Royal Highnesses William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this afternoon visited IFAW-WTI’s Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

    CWRC, run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) with support from the Assam Forest Department, is the only facility in India where orphaned and/or injured wild animals of several species are hand-raised and/or treated and subsequently returned to the wild. As of March 2016 the Centre had handled 4,322 animal cases, with 2,465 being released back to the wild – a rehabilitation rate of nearly 60 percent...

    ...Elephant Family has also partnered with IFAW, WTI, World Land Trust and IUCN Netherlands to form the Asian Elephant Alliance, a partnership of conservation organisations launched last year to arrest the crisis facing the world’s remaining Asian elephants, of which 60 percent (an estimated 30,000) are in India.

  • How to bring natural beauty into the home

    The Telegraph online
    22 March, 2016

    Susy Paisley had been living alone in a ramshackle hut on a ridge high above the Andean cloud forest for months. Beneath her, mists from the Amazon rainforest rolled through the dense ferns, giant bromeliads and wild avocados: the most diverse habitat on earth. And there it was. Faint, but unmistakable, the longed for beep … beep … beep on her radio transmitter. Susy, explorer and conservationist, realised her dream had finally come true: she had caught one of the rarest mammals on earth, the legendary Andean spectacled bear and the inspiration for Britain’s beloved Paddington...

    ...Susy’s designs, printed on linen can be used for cushions, curtains, upholstery and lampshades (at £132 per square metre). She will also accept commissions for her painted furniture. For every metre of Newton Paisley fabric bought, 330ft sq of wild habitat will be preserved through the World Land Trust, a UK charity of which David Attenborough is Patron....


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