World Land Trust

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World Land Trust
Founded 1989
Founder John Burton
Type Charitable trust
Area served
£3.4 million (2013)[1]
Slogan Saving threatened habitats worldwide

The World Land Trust (formerly the World Wide Land Conservation Trust) is a UK-based nonprofit environmental organization established in 1989. Its primary aims are to ensure conservation of plants, animals and natural communities in areas at risk.[2] For this purpose, it privately funds the purchase of large tracts of land by local NGOs for the purposes of protecting it, in a fashion similar to the Nature Conservancy by making use of land trusts. The organization also seeks to help in-situ conservation measures by providing training, capital and equipment for environmental stewardship in economically backward areas. The World Land Trust also offers to offset the carbon emissions of individuals and businesses and runs a widespread tree planting operation. It is affiliated to the World Conservation Union. The noted environmentalist John Burton is the CEO of the Trust.

A short history[edit]

The World Land Trust came into being in 1989 when the Programme for Belize was launched to raise money to privately buy land in Belize to protect tropical rain forests. The core of the trust was a $10,000 start up donation from the Massachusetts Audubon Society to John Burton, for the purposes of setting up an office in the United Kingdom for the trust. Initial appeals were made in the BBC Wildlife magazine and were followed up with support from noted naturalists Gerald Durrell and his wife Lee Durrell. Between that time and now, the Trust has developed to help purchase and conserve land in over 20 countries worldwide [3] and now has an annual income of over £3.4 million to fund land purchase and conservation in 2013.[1]

The Trust has maintained its links with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust; Lee Durrell remains a key supporter.[4] The Trust's patrons are Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, and David Gower.[5] Other high profile supporters of the Trust have included Ken Livingstone, David Bellamy, Bill Oddie, Tony Hawks, Will Self and Mark Carwardine.[6][7]

A partner organization, World Land Trust - US [formerly World Parks Endowment] was also created in 1989.


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