The World Land Trust is a conservation charity that works with local conservation partners all over the world. It is an amazing charity and one of my favourites.
One of things it has is an Action Fund. This is something people who care about conservation can donate to, and what it enables the Trust to do is to put the donations into action fast if a piece of vital wildlife habitat is in danger of being lost. The Trust can work with partners on the ground and ensure that the habitat is purchased and saved for wildlife and for local people living in the area.
The Action Fund was put into action recently; and as a result, there’s a natural safe habitat for the incredible 1,000 mature black-and-chestnut eagle. There are fewer than 1,000 of these left in the world, so very few indeed.
But they now have a natural safe haven in Ecuador!
The World Land Trust reported that over 34,000 acres were added to endangered eagle haven in Ecuador. Their partner Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador (NCE for short) has worked been working hard for four years, and as a result, the Santiago Municipal Reserve was officially declared in March 2021!
Scientists have already recorded 344 plant species, 152 bird species, 57 amphibian, 47 mammals and 11 reptiles in the area so it is full of wildlife.
It expands a key corridor- the Sangay-Podocarpus Connectivity Corridor – and it sits between two national parks in Ecuador. Last year the corridor became Ecuador’s first corridor – is covers 1.4 million acres of diverse, fragile ecosystems, and includes a bit of another reserve – the Podocarpus – El Condor Biosphere Reserve. WLT works here with NCE. Animals such as the jaguar and bear will be able to roam safely.
The connections go further, because north of the corridor is 200 mile long spine of reserves and national parks along the eastern Andes, connected by reserves backed by the World Land Trust in the llanganates-Sangay Biological Corridor with Fundacion Ecominga.
The networked protected areas cover about 4 million acres!
How was this money raised to buy this 34,000 acres? In part, by World Land Trust supporters who donated to the Action Fund. It really does make a difference.