Current Projects

Please see below for the projects that our members and supporters voted to fund this year:
Conservation of Ringed Seals, Lake Saimaa, Finland Baby Seal.  Image Ossi Kokki

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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Restoring Mangroves and Livelihoods, Aceh, Indonesia Planting Mangroves

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 fish 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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Repairing paths and protecting peat bog on Cut Gate, UK Bog of Doom!  The Scale of the problem

The Cut Gate bridleway runs through an area of internationally important and stunningly beautiful blanket bog habitat in the Peak District National Park. The bridleway is popular with walkers, mountain-bikers and horse riders who have championed a campaign to protect Cut Gate. The fragile peat layer has suffered from erosion and the widening of the route, which is putting pressure on the surrounding habitat of blanket bog vegetation.

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Obsolete Facilities, Alps Image Steven Wassenaar

Obsolete facilities are disused artificial equipment abandoned in natural mountain areas. These lengths of barbed wire, abandoned ski lifts or various cables are a real plague for wilderness, environment and outdoor enthusiasts in mountains. Until recently, there was no obligation to remove these old structures, even though they represented a great danger to humans and wildlife.

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Restoring the Wetlands of the Lower Mekong Delta, Cambodia Anlung Pring.  Image Holly Pal

Cambodia’s wetlands are some of the world’s most valuable ecosystems, supporting a wealth of endangered bird, fish and plant species and providing a vital source of food and income for vulnerable rural communities. But in just 15 years, half of Cambodia’s wetlands have disappeared.

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Mending Paths and Protecting Arctic-Alpine Habitat on Carn Liath, Scotland Carn Liath

Beinn a’Ghlo in the Cairngorms has an arctic-alpine mountain environment with tundra like characteristics and long-lasting snow patches. These characteristics combined with the steep hillsides, friable soil and fragile vegetation cover makes this upland area particularly susceptible to erosion from even a relatively small number of users. Beinn a’Ghlo has been designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, recognising the importance of the area for conservation and wildlife.

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A Safe Haven for Red Squirrels:  Securing their Future in Scotland Red Squirrel in Heather

The red squirrel is the most beloved mammal in the UK and an iconic species of Caledonian pinewoods. Scotland is one of the last UK strongholds for reds and this project aims to strengthen the conservation status of UK’s red squirrels by establishing new, self-sustaining populations in areas of the Highlands free from the threats of grey squirrels and disease.

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ECO Relief Lesvos, Greece

Lighthouse Relief was founded in response to the thousands of refugees arriving every day in rubber dinghies and aims to act as a beacon in harsh conditions, standing in support of those who need it most.

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Protecting manta rays and whale sharks,  Mozambique Credit Adam Baugh

Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF)’s  mission is to save threatened marine life using pioneering research, education and sustainable conservation solutions.

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Enhancing and safeguarding Torres del Paine’s 'O' Circuit, Chile credit Amanda Cantero

The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund is dedicated to ensuring a more sustainable future for Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. Jointly with public and private sector partners, technical and financial assistance is provided for locally led sustainability action projects that advance the long-term health of this world renowned natural wonder.

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Kozara protection and restoration, Bosnia Herzegovina Zeciji Kamen Waterfall

The aim of Klekovoca Mountaineering Society is to create conditions for mountaineering activities, protect nature through educational activities, construction and maintenance of hiking trails, organising activities and events, all giving special attention to protection and conservation of Mount Kozara.

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Plastic management in the Gulf of Honduras The Scale of the Problem

Fundación Mundo Azul (FUNMAZ)  promotes the sustainable use of marine resources in Guatemala’s Caribbean, through social involvement and implementation of scientific and technical processes that will benefit coastal communities.

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10,000 native trees for Froxán Community, Spain Working Hard

2 organisations are working together to create the Froxán Foundation: Verdegaia protects the environment and promotes conservation.  Sociedade Histórica e Cultural Coluna Sanfins works with the commons stewardship body in biodiversity conservation, restoration of degraded areas and environmental education and both hold responsibility for the Froxán ICCA Community Conserved Area.

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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