About World Land Trust The world is facing interlinked biodiversity and climate crises and a sixth mass extinction event, with up to half a million species under urgent threat of extinction in the coming decades. The most critical threat to biodiversity is the ongoing loss and degradation of natural habitat, with more than half of the world’s terrestrial area now dominated by human land uses. World Land Trust (WLT) works directly to tackle this threat on the ground, by bringing land into conservation in partnership with local conservation organisations and groups who are best placed to ensure its ongoing management and protection. This simple approach has underpinned WLT’s work for the last 30 years, and over this period WLT has directly brought nearly 900,000 hectares (2.2 million acres) of land into long-term protection and a total area with co-funders of more than 2 million hectares (5.1 million acres). In addition, WLT supports programmes to restore habitats, sequester carbon and fund rangers. Currently, WLT supports 30 project partners in more than 20 countries, primarily across Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Species protected in WLT supported reserves include African and Asian Elephants, Western Lowland Gorillas, Bornean Orangutans, Jaguars, Spectacled Bears, and countless species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and plants. Its patrons are Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Steve Backshall and David Gower. We are at a critical juncture, and trustees have just approved an ambitious 5-year strategy to capitalise on the surge of public concern about the threats to our planet. Initial signs are promising - despite Covid, 2020 was WLT’s best financial year ever and that trend continues into 2021. 

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