The World Land Trust reports that wildlife were putting themselves at risk in Guatemala because they were getting close to urban areas.
So their conservation partner FUNDAECO introduced human-made watering holes and they have proved to be invaluable for wildlife – several species have been filmed using them.
This initiative came after the Caribbean was hit by longer summers and animals got closer to towns.
It only takes the team a few days to install each watering hole. The water holes will now be an annual part conservation. The plan is to roll these artificial water sources out on other reserves.
This means that wildlife will have access to water throughout the summer.
The first project the World Land Trust did with FUNDAECO was the purchase of 1,500 acres of lowland and inundated tropical forest. They created a reserve at Laguna Grande.
Today, they are still buying and protecting some of the last remaining wetlands and tropical forests in Caribbean Guatemala. Back in 2017, they started to create a new core reserve area in the Sierra Santa Cruz. And WLT supports FUNDAECO through its Keepers of the Wild Appeal – that funds rangers on the reserves.
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
On 16 January 2020, the Governement of Belize signed the declaration of North-eastern Biological Corridor of Belize. It covers an area of nearly 70,000 acres and links the northernmost nature reserve in Belize with more central natural habitats.
It’s really important, because it’s the first step towards achieving a total North-South corridor crossing the whole country as the map shows!
It’s a tremendous example of public-private partnership: the government of Belize, local NGOs, private landowners and many international donors – including the World Land Trust – have been involved.
UNITED FOR CONSERVATION, WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE BETTER
The corridor connects a system of three protected areas in one system. Deforestation has caused the loss of over 25,000 acres of forest in tihe last 10 years.
This will now allow big animals such as jaguar and Baird’s Tapirs enough space to move freely between protected areas and so ensure their long term survival! It will also help build climate resilience into Belize’s network of protected areas.
Why was this acquisition necessary?
In Belize, about 50% of the country is under natural vegetation cover. About 35% of the country is under some form of protection.
So it is still possible to create biological corridors between protected areas.
It’s vital that these acquisitions take place, and speedily, because agricultural development are increasingly encroaching on forest.
How did supporters of the World Land Trust – people like you & me – help in this achievement?
The World Land Trust mobilised its supporters and inspired new ones to raise funds to support this land acquisition. It included 2018’s Big Match Fortnight Jungle for Jaguars campaign, and another Buy an Acre opportunity a few months after that. (The Big Match Fortnight normally comes in October when donations are matched for a specific appeal – it is incredible how much and how speedily this builds up.)
Donate in memory of someone special I donated to this campaign during the Big Match Fortnight (actually in memory of my wonderful Dad as his birthday is in November and I plant a tree or do a buy an acre on his birthday and at Christmas for him, as Dad loved trees).
Ask someone to donate as a gift for you I asked my husband to also donate as my early Christmas present and it was by far the best present I had. It really meant something to me. We had made a difference.
I cannot tell you the glow and warm feeling I have in my heart when I think of my jaguar roaming the biological corridor. I call him “my jaguar” – he obviously isn’t, and I’m never going to meet him – but it’s lovely to think that because I donated and my husband has too, we’ve helped him and lots of other animals.
Please do donate to the World Land Trust if you can, and keep an eye on their website. I often post news of their new appeals here, so you can watch this space as well. They are a wonderful charity and it’s good to give a meaningful gift which will last, so if you’re looking for a gift for a wildlife lover, making a donation could be a great way to do something to really make a difference – a win, win, win all round!
This was the You Tube Video for Jungle for Jaguars – it raised £532,000 in the Big Match Fortnight (normally early October) alone and hit the £600,000 target by Christmas, helping to save 8,154 vital acres. A further 1,818 acres were saved a few months later.
There’s good news in Northumberland, thanks to nature lovers.
Nature lovers there have got together to help buy and protect a tract of land there. It’s a 600 acre site called Benshaw Moor in Redesdale, with heather habitat, peatland and limestone waterfall and springs.
Birdlife at Benshaw include curlew, snipe, skylark, meadow pipit and short-eared owls.
It’s now Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s 63rd nature reserve.
Thanks to a united effort, 600 acres at Benshaw Moor in Northumberland is safe.
The Trust was concerned that the land be used for business such as a commercial conifer forestry, or windfarm. Shooting will not be allowed there any longer.
£570,000 was raised from charitable trusts, businesses and a significant bequest. The public donated £75,000. The bequest came from the late George Swan, who wrote the Flora of Northumberland which was a record of the county’s plant species. Mr Swan specified that the bequest be used to buy a site of botanical importance.
Nature lovers will still be involved: the wildlife charity’s team and volunteers will do surveys to better understand the site to help guide its future management. Possible options include areas of native woodland, and conservation grazing, with Exmoor ponies or cattle.
It just shows what can happen if we all get involved and unite for wildlife.
Find out how you can get involved in and help the Northumberland Wildlife Trust – even if you don’t live in this beautiful area!
Get involved - volunteer, visit nature reserves, go to events etc
We need all the good news we can get for rainforests at the moment, and there's two sets of good news from the Sumatran Orangutan Society today!
Temporary Moratorium set to become a Permanent one!
In an email, SOS sent a link to Mongabay which report that a temporary moratorium which prohibits the issuing of new permits to clear primary and peat forests is set to become permanent later this year. There is more that can be done to strengthen this action, such as including secondary forests, say environmental activists.
When it was first introduced back in 2011, the moratorium was largely ineffective in stemming deforestation; but since 2016, it has been shored up by peat-protection regularions which have helped to slow the loss of forest cover. And fears that the move would harm the economy have been unfounded.
There's also a need to close a loophole which allows primary and peat forests to be razed for rice, sugarcane and other crop planatations.
But the move to make the moratorium permanent is a start. Indonesia has pledged to slash its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 29% by 2030. Although it is one of the top emitters world-wide, most of the emissions come from deforestation and not the burning of fossil fuels.
The public did it and the money was raised - and on 17th June 2019, a restoration team will start to clear the oil palm trees using chainsaws. Once the oil palms have gone, the next phrase of restoration will start, bringing the land closer to being forest again!
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