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World Land Trust LogoAn international conservation charity, The World Land Trust (WLT) is based in Halesworth, Suffolk, UK. Founded in 1989 as the World Wide Land Conservation Trust, the WLT works to preserve the world's most biologically important and threatened lands.

The WLT has protected over 300,000 acres of habitats rich in wildlife, in South America, Belize, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and the UK.

It differs from most other international non government organisations as it emphasises the importance of supporting local conservation groups, always working through local partners. Also, unlike the majority of international organisations the WLT uses local expertise when running projects, rather than putting their own people in charge..

The World Land Trust relies on donations from the public to help purchase land. And although the WLT raises funds for purchase overseas, the management and ultimate ownership is with the appointed local conservation group. The WLT is strongly opposes "green colonialism".

How this works is that the WLT assists with technical expertise, (eg fundraising, publicity, marketing etc) but wherever possible supports the development of local expertise, by funding study tours and training.

Encouraging small-scale, sustainable development, means projects can become financially independent, which contrasts with many international projects that have lavish funding initially, but cannot be sustained without grant aid.

The World Land Trust does not hoard reserves of cash – believing that it should spend as much as possible on land purchase and management, and the development of sustainable income for the reserve. It tries to have enough funds for three months operation.

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Supporting the WLT helps protect the habitat of the Spectacled Bear which is on the Endangered Species List

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