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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.

Click on the article links to read the full stories online. Articles without links are in print only or require a subscription to be viewed online.

  • 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’.”

  • Let cute animals die for the greater good, urges Packham

    i newspaper
    14 October, 2013

    Environmental campaigners should stop wasting money trying to save “totemic symbols of cuteness” such as the giant panda and focus instead on more pressing political conservation issues, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.

    In an impassioned plea ahead of a major debate at the Royal Society on Monday night, the patron of the World Land Trust said Britain had traditionally ignored the political challenges of conservation, choosing instead to focus on the plight of popular animals.

  • Packham says saving pandas could be "waste of money"

    CBBC Newsround
    14 October, 2013

    Wildlife expert Chris Packham has questioned whether too much money is being “wasted” on trying to save pandas from extinction.

    The Autumnwatch presenter told Newsround it's time to rethink conservation projects that put large amounts of money into saving a small numbers of high-profile animals. 

    Packham made the comments as he prepares to host an event called "Controversial Conservation: a World Land Trust debate", at the Royal Society, London on Monday. 

  • Received with Thanks

    The Times
    12 October, 2013

    The generosity of Times readers is helping to conserve the Borneo rainforest

    The first rule of public speaking applies to writing too. If you cannot flatter the audience at least be sure to pay them due respect.

    Both sentiments are appropriate this morning because of the response of readers of The Times to an appeal made last week by Simon Barnes (who follows up this week with his thanks) to support a crucial wildlife corridor along the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, which could help to turn back the destruction of the rainforest.

  • 100,000 thank-yous from the rain forest

    The Times
    12 October, 2013

    Wild Notebook: an amazing response from Times readers

    Thank you — readers of The Times, readers of this column, I thank you as profoundly as writer ever thanked reader. It’s a great enough gift just to have my damn stuff actually read by real people out there in the real world, but I must now thank you for a still greater gift, and I’m humbled, bemused, marvelling — and quite shatteringly grateful.

  • Big Match Fortnight for World Land Trust: buying a corridor to save orang-utans

    Frontier's Gap Year Blog
    11 October, 2013

    Habitat loss as a result of deforestation is putting Orangutan populations under serious threat. Forests are being torn down for farming and land is being tarnished by illegal and unsustainable logging. The sporadic, random nature of the deforestation is making life difficult for these red creatures: as the forest becomes steadily more fragmented, so do the populations of orangutan, who become isolated in pockets of forest. Orangutans have been forced into small, separate groups and this is having a detrimental effect upon their genetic health and impacting negatively upon the survival rate of the species.  

  • Geoff Lye: Connecting islands of life

    Geoff Lye's Blog
    7 October, 2013

    On Saturday morning, I read an article by Simon Barnes. Under the headline ‘Let’s buy the orang-utan a slice of Paradise’, he describes an ambitious project of the World Land Trust (WLT) to raise £1 million by 16 October. My goal is to help achieve that by my 64th birthday next Monday. My best birthday present would be to take to next month’s Heart of Borneo conference the news that the WLT’s project had succeeded in raising the funds to bridge between islands of pristine rainforest through newly purchased and protected ‘corridors’ of forest. Until 16 October, WLT benefactors have committed to match fund any donations.

  • A fashionable take on conservation

    Financial Times
    6 October, 2013

    “Many of our Lily and Lionel prints are inspired by the natural world, so the Look Out For Elephants collection was the perfect opportunity to take that aesthetic and use it to support the World Land Trust, which works to protect over 4m acres of land worldwide. These scarves – printed with David Bebber’s photography – will support the charity’s work with Nature Kenya to protect the Arabuko-Sokoke forest.” (Alice Stone, creative director of Lily and Lionel)

  • Let’s buy the orang-utan a slice of Paradise

    The Times
    5 October, 2013

    We’re all rainforest creatures these days. Where we once had Eden we now have the great fat tropical wet tangled lofty teeming impossible forest: a place at once perfect for all time and lost for ever. I’m a rainforest half-saved person myself, if only because the other option is too awful - for us, for our great grandchildren - to contemplate.

  • Alice in Wonderland meets Jungle Book

    Insider Suffolk
    2 October, 2013

    2 October 2013: Curiously, the dormouse and the tiger have more incommon than you might think - and so do Suffolk Wildlife Trust and World Land Trust. When it isn't asleep, Alice in Wonderland's dormouse lives and travels through hedgerows and trees, relying for its survival on the interconnections betwen wooded sites. Rudyard Kipling's Tiger! Tiger!, on the other hand is a Jungle book story about the relationship between humans and tigers, which also need corridors of habitat through which to roam.

  • Tigers recorded in Kerala wildlife corridor

    Friends of Conservation News Review
    1 October, 2013

    In a landscape dominated by people, secure 'wildlife corridors' provide a wider area for animals to roam safely, increasing their prospects for survival. FOC was pleased to support the World Land Trust and their partner organisation, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in their efforts to establish such a wildlife corridor in Kerala, Southern India.

  • David Attenborough supports effort to save orangutan from extinction

    The Guardian online (30 September 2013) and The Guardian (1 October 2013)
    30 September, 2013

    Sir David Attenborough, Bill Oddie and Chris Packham are supporting an effort to save the orangutan from extinction by raising £1m in just two weeks.

  • Rain dances could be the key to increasing our donations

    Third Sector (Letters Page)
    24 September, 2013

    At the World Land Trust, we have been looking at our doantion patterns and there seems to be a direct correlation between the weather and online donations. When the weather is nice and sunny, donations seem to drop, but when it is wet and windy, they go up. We wondered if any larger charities have noticed similar trends and, if so, are they statistically significant? If this proves the case, we will probably be organising rain dances in June.

    John Burton, Chief executive, World Land Trust, Halesworth, Suffolk

  • The World Land Trust

    Coast & Country
    19 September, 2013

    Something of great international importance is going on in a modest but historic fifteenth century house in Bridge Street, Halesworth, for this is the headquarters of World Land Trust.


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