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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • PJ Print looks for high-speed boost to turnover with new Komori

    24 February, 2016

    A Suffolk print company has transformed itself in “one fell swoop” after a Komori Lithrone kit switch as part of a £1m investment...

    ...PJ supports the World Land Trust and encourages customers to use carbon balanced papers. It is also a member of the Woodland Trust and complies with its Carbon Capture scheme.

  • Dan Lambert and Ben Saunders from the New Forest will take on the Jurassic Coast Challenge

    Southern Daily Echo
    18 February, 2016

    TWO friends will test their endurance as they run the equivalent of three marathons in three days to raise money which will help protect our wildlife...

    ...In the lead up to the challenge the duo will be raising money for the conservation charity World Land Trust, whose work helps to save rainforests and wildlife habitats around the world.

  • The former cab driver who rejected Dragons' Den to launch Uber rival Minicabit

    London Loves Business
    1 February, 2016

    Can Amer Hasan’s taxi app hit £100m in revenue by 2020?

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard about London’s bitter taxi wars.

    From Uber’s astronomical rise to black cabbie protests to Transport for London’s rulings, the UK’s £5bn taxi market is abuzz with conflict...

    ...Finally, encouraging London’s minicab firms to adopt more low/zero emission cars would fit well with our mission to spotlight this choice to customers, as we already Carbon Balance every trip taken with World Land Trust. 

  • Spectacled bear released in Rio Zunac Reserve

    Charity Vault
    16 January, 2016

    SUFFOLK, UK ( - The bear’s journey back to the wild began when a farmer found the bear, sick and apparently dying. He transferred it to Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment for urgent medical attention.

    The bear was then moved to an animal rescue centre near Volcán Cotopaxi. At the centre, wildlife expert Sebastian Kohn nursed it back to health while keeping it in isolation, to make sure that the bear did not come to associate humans with food.

    When Cotopaxi began to erupt the bear was brought south and released in Rio Zuñac at the ministry’s request.

    EcoMinga rangers, funded by WLT’s Keepers of the Wild programme, assisted with the release. Ranger Luis Recalde, selected to be the lead stretcher bearer, helped carry the sedated bear to its new home.


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