Where we work

World Land Trust (WLT) works with project partners to protect some of the world’s most threatened habitats. Find out where we work and how we protect these habitats and species.

 

Argentina

World Land Trust (WLT) supports projects in three distinct regions protecting Yungas Forest in the north, Atlantic Forest in the Eastern province of Misiones and the Coastal Steppe of Patagonia.

Guatemala

Lowland and inundated forests have a unique ecological role and importance for biodiversity as they link ecological niches across the region. Without them, Guatemala’s protected areas would be little more than ‘biological islands’ – the protected mountaintops where most of the region’s protected areas have been declared

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Belize

Belize was the founding project of World Land Trust (WLT) in 1989, working to conserve The Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area, which now covers more than 250,000 acres. Find out how WLT protected acres of this paradise for wildlife.

Armenia

One of the world’s lesser-known biodiversity hotspots, the Caucasus covers an area of more than 500,000 sq km between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea and includes parts of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Since 2010, World Land Trust (WLT) has been supporting conservation projects in Armenia’s Caucasus region.

Brazil

With such a large landmass, Brazil’s biomes vary widely, making it the most biodiverse country in the world. From the dense rain forests of the Amazon, to flooded wetlands of the Pantanal and the dry scrub and savannah grasslands of the Cerrado, the diversity of ecosystems found in Brazil means the country is home to many species found nowhere else on earth.

REGUA, Brazil

Colombia

In Colombia, World Land Trust primarily works within Chocó forest habitat, which extends from Panama, through northwestern Colombia and down into northern Ecuador. It is one of the world’s wettest and most biodiverse habitats and holds many species at risk of extinction.

Golden Poison Frog.

Ecuador

World Land Trust’s work in Ecuador spans the country from rainforests of the Amazon basin, dry forests towards the Pacific coast, to cloud forest and Paramo of the Andes. Despite its small size (not much bigger than the UK), the diversity of its habitats makes it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. With 1,600 bird species, it has 17% of the world’s total bird species and 16,000 species of plants (25% of which are endemic).

WLT is supporting conservation projects across the country in partnership with Fundacion Jocotoco, Fundación EcoMinga, Fundación ProBosque and Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador.

Bolivia

Bolivia’s Beni Savanna, an area twice the size of Portugal, contains five distinctive habitats: savanna, treed savanna (Cerrado), forest islands, gallery forests and marsh wetlands. The region is crossed by three major rivers, which flow into the Madeira River, the major southern tributary of the Amazon.

Bolivia Islas Rio Tiniji Barba Azul

Honduras

In Honduras, World Land Trust (WLT) is protecting tropical forests in the west of the country by supporting land purchase within the Trifinio Fraternity – Volcan Pacayita Biological Corridor, including Güisayote and Volcán Pacayita Reserves. Both sites lie in the Trifinio Region, at the meeting point of three countries, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Photograph of Güisayote Biological Reserve in western Honduras. © WLT / Ruth Canning.

India

India’s economy is growing and its burgeoning population currently stands at more than one-and-a-quarter billion. As a consequence, wildlife habitats across the country are shrinking and elephants and other migratory animals are increasingly in conflict with humans.

To address this, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and World Land Trust (WLT) are working together to secure safe passage for elephants, tigers and other threatened species away from humans.

Tiger

Kenya

World Land Trust supports work across a range of forest habitats at multiple sites in Kenya, including several tree planting projects, as well as ensuring the protection of Leleshwa Reserve through the Keepers of the Wild programme.

 

Malaysia

Teeming with wildlife, the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo are some of the oldest in the world and contain a vast wealth of endemic species. Malaysian Borneo is home to the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, 10 species of primate including the Bornean Orang-utan and Proboscis Monkey, and more than 600 species of birds, eight of them belonging to the hornbill family. Much of the natural habitat is at risk from intense logging, palm oil plantations and forest fires.

Mexico

Situated in the state of Queretaro, Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve covers an area of more than 946,000 acres (383,000 hectares) consisting of 15 types of vegetation including evergreen and deciduous tropical forest, shrubs and cacti, oak forests, pine forests and cloud forests.

Paraguay

Paraguay is the meeting point for many different eco-regions which, together, create a rich and unique variety of wildlife habitats. World Land Trust (WLT) is funding the protection of habitat in three distinct regions: the Dry Chaco, the Chaco-Pantanal wetlands and the Atlantic Forest.

Peru

World Land Trust (WLT) is working with in-country partner Naturaleza y Cultura Peru, just below Ecuador at the southern boundary of the Tropical Andes. We are helping to create community reserves to form a corridor, protecting cloud forest and paramo from Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary in Peru to Yacuri National Park in Ecuador.

United Kingdom

Kites Hill, originally a farm, was donated to World Land Trust (WLT) by its owner Jane Pointer as a living legacy in order to ensure its protection forever, for the benefit of wildlife. Find out how WLT continues to improve the site for wildlife.

Autumn beech trees at Kites Hill.

Venezuela

Venezuela is made up of a range of different, yet equally awe-inspiring habitats, from Andean peaks to Caribbean coastline, idyllic islands, grasslands teeming with wildlife, the humid Orinoco Delta and the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls

World Land Trust is working to protect threatened species within the Chacaracual Community Conservation Area, on Margarita Island.

Vietnam

One of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth, Vietnam is of international conservation importance, harbouring around 10 per cent of the world’s species. It is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world, which is putting immense pressure on its exceptional biodiversity.

World Land Trust (WLT) is helping conserve Vietnam’s tropical forests in partnership with Viet Nature Conservation Centre (Viet Nature).

Zambia

Zambia is a land-locked, tropical country which takes its name from the magnificent Zambezi River, which runs across the southern border with Zimbabwe up to the north-west corner. Most of the country is a high plateau without much variation in altitude so it appears much flatter than its mountainous neighbours.

World Land Trust (WLT) is supporting the conservation of Zambia’s wildlife through the Keepers of the Wild programme in partnership with the Kasanka Trust.

African Elephant at Kasanka National Park. Credit John Burton/WLT