Current Projects

Please see below for the projects that our members and supporters voted to fund this year:
 
 Cleaning Up the Alps Cleaning up the Alps. @Emilien Maulave

Obsolete facilities such as barbed wire, live shells, ammunition, abandoned ski stations and disused cable, are a real plague for wilderness, environment and outdoor users in mountains. Until recently, there was no obligation for these old structures to be removed even though they represent a great danger to wildlife and people.

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 Restoring Mangroves and Livelihoods, Aceh, Indonesia Aceh Regency, Indonesia

The Banda Aceh area is still struggling with the after effects of the 2004 tsunami. All of the mangroves were lost, resulting in lack of important shade, loss of habitat for small sh and therefore food and income for the villagers and seawater now comes onto the land making it impossible to grow crops

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Conservation of Ringed Seals, Lake Saimaa, Finland Saimaa Ringed Seal

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. Its purpose is to protect the environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage, and promote active citizenship and environmental awareness.

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A New Ecotourism in Thailand photo credit: Peter Yuen Photography

Mahouts Elephant Foundation (MEF) is a non-pro t organisation dedicated to improving and protecting the lives of Asian elephants. They facilitate the return of captive, working elephants to protected forest habitat through community, educational and research partnerships

Currently, nearly 5,000 elephants endure life in trekking camps in Thailand, giving rides and performing tricks for tourists. Meanwhile, wild elephant populations are dwindling. MEF works with mahouts living in and caring for an 8,000-acre protected area of forest, used to release captive elephants back into native habitat.

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Restoring the Peatland of the Flow Country, Scotland

RSPB Scotland is part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the UK nature conservation charity that exists to tackle the problems threatening our spectacular environment.

The Flow Country is a stunning blanket bog in north Scotland. This globally rare habitat is home to many special animals and plants including golden eagles and sundew. It is also the largest terrestrial carbon store in the UK. However, conifer plantations from the 1970s and 80s are drying out the peat, causing carbon release into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change, and reducing habitat for wildlife.

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Chittagong Hill Tracts Program

Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA) is dedicated to the ecological and cultural preservation of Bangladesh’s last remaining wild places. They aim to empower local people as true stakeholders of their own landscapes and futures.

This project is a sustainable, community- owned conservation initiative that empowers indigenous tribesmen to act as stewards of their own unique and endangered ecosystem, heritage, and culture. Through the exchange of incentives in a pilot project, the CCA has successfully reduced hunting pressure on 15 species by 50% in the last remaining primary tropical forest in Bangladesh.  This area harbours the very last in-country populations of several species of turtles as well as clouded leopards, Chinese pangolins, Asian elephants and sun bears. The communities sign moratoriums on hunting of species in return for new schools and improved market access for their craft products, thus reducing hunting

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eMAP (Elephant Monitoring and Anti-Poaching) - Tsavo, Kenya Photo credit © Tsavo Conservation Group

Tsavo Conservation Group works to secure wilderness areas in Kenya’s iconic Tsavo landscape and beyond, for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and people. It achieves this by implementing its ‘Stabilization through Conservation’ approach with a focus on innovation, partnership and stewardship.TsavoCon’s eMAP project in the Taita Ranches and Conservancies will establish the widest community-based elephant monitoring network in southern Kenya’s greater Tsavo ecosystem. The area hosts the highest concentration of elephants in Kenya but also suffers high rates of poaching – with 60% of all poaching in Kenya in 2014 occurring in the Tsavo ecosystem. It also has high levels of human-elephant conflict which results in resentment from the local communities.

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Conserve and Restore Habitats for Otters, Romania Photo credit:Bouros George

The purpose of Asociatia pentru Conservarea Diversitatii Biologice (ACDB) is to support and promote biodiversity conservation activities, environmental education and environmental protection.The aim of this project is to conserve and restore aquatic habitats for otters in a protected area in the Vrancea mountains in the Carpathians of SE Romania by engaging local communities and outdoor enthusiasts.

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Heart of Scotland Forest Project Schiehallion. Credit John Muir Trust

The John Muir Trust is a UK conservation charity dedicated to protecting wild places. It works to restore the rich wildlife and habitats of wild land, helping native woodland and peatland to thrive. The Trust also campaigns for long term legal protection of wild land and educate people on conservation of these areas.

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Cleaning Up River Mulde, Germany Photo credit: Birgit Krummhaar

EUROPARC Deutschland e.V. supports National Natural Landscapes which include German biosphere reserves, national parks and nature parks.

The River Mulde, which flows from Lake Muldestausee and into the River Elbe in North East Germany is popular with locals and visitors for its recreation opportunities and its surrounding landscapes. In 2013, the River Mulde experienced severe flooding. Since the lake’s altitude is the lowest in the region, litter and rubbish picked up by the floods contaminated and remained in the rivers and the lake.

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If you are an individual who loves the great outdoors and would like to support our projects, please click the donate button below. During 2017, all money donated will fund tree planting in Nepal as part of our 2 Million Tree Project.
The grant from the EOCA kick started WLT’s support of a new and vital Elephant Corridor project from Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, northern India, where local communities, currently encountering conflict with Elephants and Tigers are very keen to be relocated. As well as providing vital funding for this project the EOCA grant leveraged match-funding from another WLT donor which is testament to the importance of the EOCA’s support.
John A Burton, CEO, World Land Trust