International conservationist Richard Cuthbert has joined the World Land Trust (WLT) team at the office in Halesworth, Suffolk.
He brings a wealth of experience from around the world after working with prestigious international organisations including the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
“For me, it’s a massively exciting opportunity,” says Richard. “My primary interest has always been in conserving species and wild areas of land, and WLT does both- you cannot have species conservation without land conservation.”
He is also familiar with the partnership model to ensure that conservation of land remains under the control of local communities. “The RSPB is part of the Birdlife partnership, and I worked with Birdlife partners in India, Nepal and UK Overseas Territories. It’s all about supporting local partners in their work, because ultimately conservation in their country is much better in their hands than in ours.”
WLT Founder and CEO John Burton adds, “We are very pleased to welcome Richard into the small team of dedicated staff we have at our Halesworth office. He has an impressive background in engaging with communities for conservation projects, which fits in perfectly with our modus operandi, and is very accomplished scientist, having published more than 100 research papers across a wide variety of species and subjects.”
WLT is committed to empowering local partners around the world and ensuring that the ‘overhead’ costs of the WLT office and staff remains modest but efficient. The office is located in the quiet market town of Halesworth, Suffolk, away from the more competitive office locations in nearby cities, and holds 26 full and part time staff.