WORLD LAND TRUST PROJECTS WE SUPPORT
One third of all income raised through Heal the Earth is donated to the World Land Trust to support rainforest and wildlife conservation projects. As a member of this movement, each year you will personally save approximately half an acre of rainforest through our contributions to the World Land Trust. This is roughly the size of eight tennis courts. Just to give you an idea of the impact you are having, an acre of rainforest contains up to 86 different species of tree, with the amphibians, birds, insects and mammals that depend on them. Here's what we have done so far with your support.
In GUATEMALA, our donations were used to help create a vital wildlife reserve, located just south of the border with Belize. Tropical rainforests in this region have almost disappeared - less than 20% remain! These reserves are essential to protect the unique system of lagoons, mangroves, inundated forests, lowland forests, and karstic (fissured limestone) mountain forests there as well as to protect the high diversity of species including many endemic plants and amphibians. It is an important stop over and breeding ground for migratory birds and hosts many mammal species such as the Neotropical Otter, West Indian Manatee and 5 species of big cat.
In BORNEO, the funds we donate to WLT are being used to create continuous natural forest habitat along the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The creation of the Keruak Corridor is a lifeline for orang-utans as well as Pygmy Elephants in a region where forest is being cleared at an alarming rate to make way for oil palm plantations. Saving parcels of land that connect forests together is critical to prevent further fragmentation of habitat which would result in these species being marooned in forest ‘islands’.
In BOLIVIA, our donations to WLT were used to help double the size of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve to protect threatened Beni savanna habitat. Comprised of savanna, forest islands and marsh wetlands, the Beni savanna has suffered from logging and cattle ranching for centuries. Saving the grassland and forest islands is vital for the survival of the Blue-throated Macaw, a critically endangered species endemic to the area. This region also provides a safe haven for many other threatened species such as Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater and Jaguars.
World Land Trust’s Buy an Acre Programme is saving threatened habitats across the world where land can be purchased for £100 an acre. Heal the Earth donations have supported Buy an Acre since 2011, helping to save land in Guatemala and Bolivia. In 2016/17, our donations will be directed to Buy an Acre projects in Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico.