World Land Trust secures wildlife corridor in Ecuador

The World Land Trust’s Forests In The Sky Appeal has raised £372,408 to save and protect a wildlife corridor in Ecuador.

As 2015 came to an end, international conservation charity the World Land Trust (WLT) celebrated the success of its Forests in the Sky Appeal, which raised more than £370,000 towards the protection of a wildlife corridor in the eastern Andes of Ecuador.

In October 2015, WLT joined forces with TV presenter and conservationist Steve Backshall in order to raise £500,000 to protect some of the world’s finest cloud forest. WLT’s main fundraising effort took place during Big Match Fortnight, a two week window in October during which all donations were doubled thanks to match funding pledged in advance by a small group of generous donors. During the first two weeks of October, WLT supporters raised £280,000; the organisation said: "this was a great achievement, but WLT still needs to raise £220,000 urgently to secure all the properties."

Within just a few weeks of the end of Big Match Fortnight, 2,545 acres (1,030 ha) of cloud forest lying between Llanganates and Sangay National Parks in the eastern Andes of Central Ecuador, was swiftly purchased by the charity in partnership with the Ecuadorian conservation organisation, Fundación EcoMinga. Now incorporated into EcoMinga’s network of nature reserves, this newly purchased area is providing protection for a wide range of threatened and endangered birds and mammals, including Spectacled Bears, Mountain Tapirs and Black-and-chestnut Eagles. 

By mid-December, further donations to the appeal had reached £372,408, including a generous one-off donation of £50,000 received in December from an individual supporter – a well-appreciated Christmas present!

John Burton, CEO and Founder of WLT, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our Forests in the Sky Appeal. It was an ambitious target and we hoped our supporters would respond generously, as they have done. We aim to continue raising funds towards the support of Forests in The Sky Appeal, in order for the purchase and protection of land in Ecuador to continue.”

For further details on the Forests in the Sky Appeal visit www.worldlandtrust.org.
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