Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Founding projects

World Land Trust (WLT) had early success with an innovative approach to habitat conservation, starting with Programme for Belize. Below are WLT’s first conservation projects, which all involved a successful, major land purchase made in partnership with an in-country conservation partner.

Thanks to WLT's supporters, our conservation partners now have a lasting legacy, which they continue to manage for conservation.

WLT continues to provide ongoing support to some of these projects either with funding from Keepers of the Wild or through WLT’s partner network, the Conservation Alliance of international conservation NGOs.


Estancia la esperanza

Coastal Steppe Project, Patagonia

The 15,000 acre (6,075ha) Ranch of Hopes (Estancia la Esperanza) was purchased in 2000 and is now an official Wildlife Refuge protecting coastal steppe habitat for guanacos and other wildlife. More about this project »


Danjugan Island

Philippine Reef & Rainforest Project

The third project of WLT gave supporters an opportunity to become a 'founder owner' of the tropical paradise Island of Danjugan, saving it from housing development. In 2000 the loan had been repaid and fundraising completed. More about this project »


Keel Billed Toucan © David Tomlinson

Programme for Belize

WLT's first project, presented the challenge of linking development to improve peoples standard of living and conservation. The project was a great success and by 1996 more than 250,000 acres (101,175 hectares) had been saved. In total the programme now owns 252,000 acres (more than 100,000 hectares). More about this project »


Corcovado National Park

Rainforest Action Costa Rica

The second project of the WLT focused on the rainforests of Costa Rica. The Trust helped purchase an area of 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares), which is now incorporated into Corcovado National Park.

Support these projects through the Action Fund

Although land purchase for these projects has been successfully completed, they still need support for ongoing management to ensure the reserves created remain permanently protected. to support these project, please make a donation to the WLT Action Fund and specify in the comments box the project you would like to donate to.

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