Project information

Keepers of the Wild 2013-2014

World Land Trust’s conservation partners worldwide are managing vast areas of wilderness with few resources. By funding reserve wardens we can ensure active protection of these reserves and enable habitat restoration while providing employment opportunities in remote communities.

January 2013 - December 2014

Charity information

World Land Trust

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  • Need


    WLT purchases and protects threatened habitats, such as tropical forests and wetlands, crucial for the survival of endangered species. Following the creation of reserve areas, active protection and regular patrolling is needed to prevent incursions and damage. Our project partners are often co-ordinating these activities over an enormous area and are logistically and financially stretched as greater areas of land come under their management.


    This project will ensure effective protection of WLT-funded reserves by providing our partners with the means to employ and equip rangers at as many reserves as possible. Rangers are usually recruited from the local community, have a very good knowledge of the local forest, and in many cases have no other opportunities for employment. Regular patrols and the involvement of local communities make it possible for our partners to provide effective protection for the land.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide active protection for the nature reserves that WLT has helped secure globally.


    » This aim will be acheived through: 1) Employment of rangers by partner NGOs to patrol and monitor reserves.
    » 2) Provision of equipment for these rangers including appropriate clothing and footwear.

    Success will be shown through employment of rangers and provision of equipment. Protection of the reserves and lack of encroachment can be demonstrated through wildlife monitoring.

    Aim 2

    To assist WLT's partner organisations in the restoration of degraded habitats.


    » This aim will be acheived through: 1) 'Freeing up' partners core funding, for other essential activites such as tree-planting & restoration.
    » 2) Rangers providing necessary labour for establishing tree nurseries, as well as planting and maintaining new saplings.
    » 3) Providing technical advice and expertise regarding habitat restoration activities.

    Success will be shown directly through numbers of new trees planted, and in the overall improvement of forest habitat, in turn improving wildlife populations.

    Aim 3

    To assist partners in building organisational capacity and opportunities in sustainable development.


    » This aim will be acheived through: 1) Providing technical support and training opportunities to all staff members, including rangers.
    » 2) Providing opportunities for staff to undertake exchange visits with other projects, to learn about new conservation techniques.

    Success will be shown through the growth and diversity in the partner organisations' on-site activities, which will in turn, aid habitat restoration and biodiversity populations.

  • Impact


    Regular patrolling of reserves will make illegal settlement, logging or poaching less likely to occur. This will enable the recovery of depleted populations of wildlife, the return of more sensitive species to the areas involved and the regeneration of degraded habitats.

    Long-term success for the project will be demonstrated through regular biological monitoring by NGO partners and the rangers themselves, showing the increase in species number and diversity as protection is increased.


    Risks to the project include:

    • Insufficient funding. WLT will commit to supporting as many rangers as possible with the funds raised.

    • Problems relating to fire-arms. No WLT funded rangers are armed. Even though some hunters or loggers carry fire-arms themselves, they are less likely to use them knowing this.

    WLT's strong relationship with its network of partners will help alleviate other problems they may encounter and provide expertise and support.


    WLT already reports to donors through personal letters, printed newsletters, and through its website and electronic Bulletins. For donors of large amounts WLT can develop a reporting programme designed to suit their requirements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £140,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Central America (Guatemala & Mexico): Funding 2 rangers and equipment
      £85,000 South America (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay & Venezuela): Funding 11 rangers and equipment
      £10,000 Central Asia (Armenia): Funding 4 rangers & equipment
      £15,000 South East Asia (Malaysian Borneo & Philippines): Funding 2 rangers & equipment
      £10,000 East Africa (Zambia): Funding 1 ranger & equipment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Existing donor £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Keepers of the Wild will fund the active protection of critical forest reserves in: Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Malaysian Borneo, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, Venezuela and Zambia. It is hoped that if additional funds are raised, WLT will fund wardens in Colombia, one of the more recent projects that has been initiated for creating nature reserves.


    The main beneficiary of this project will be the wildlife and habitats protected, achieved through Overseas partners. Local communities also benefit from employment opportunities and sustainable development activities, such as environmentally sensitive tourism. Local communities also benefit indirectly from ecological services provided by a healthy ecosystem, such as clean drinking water.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The World Land Trust has unique experience of working with a wide network of conservation NGOs worldwide, helping establish and fund land purchase and protection since 1989. Through the assistance of WLT, these NGOS have been able to purchase and protect nearly 500,000 acres of threatened habitat as well as undertaking habitat restoration activities. WLT creates long-term links with its partner organisations and co-ordinates regular discussion and knowledge exchange between them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John A Burton

    The World Land Trust CEO, John Burton has more than 30 years' experience in international conservation and works closely with our partner CEOs.

    Partner NGOs Worldwide

    The CEOs and conservation teams of our partners are essential to on the ground protection of these critical reserve areas.

    IUCN National Committee For The Netherlands

    IUCN Netherlands works closely with WLT to form an international Conservation Alliance, helping WLT's overseas partners share advice and information.

    Rangers On The Ground Eg: Antonio Teixeira Nunes, Brazil

    " My job is very important because I am directly contributing to the protection of the forest.”

Ranger Badul Elahan talks about his work

The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.

Sir David Attenborough, WLT Patron