World Land Trust


World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre.

Through a network of partner organizations around the world, WLT funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife. Partnerships are developed with established and highly respected local organizations that engage support and commitment among the local community.

World Land Trust and its overseas project partners have been instrumental in the purchase and protection of more than 2,222,247 acres of tropical forest and other threatened habitats, and together ensure that more than four million acres of land is managed under active protection worldwide.


  • To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world. To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species
  • To develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organizations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas
  • To raise awareness of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising


Patron: Sir David Attenborough

One of the world’s greatest natural historians, Sir David Attenborough has been active in the conservation world throughout his career.

Sir David has supported World Land Trust since it was founded in 1989 and became WLT’s official Patron in 2003.

The sensible attitude to conservation is to conserve animal and plant communities and that means land… World Land Trust recognized that a long time before others and it became their first objective.”
Sir David Attenborough, WLT Patron

Dr Gerard Bertrand, World Land Trust’s Honorary President
Dr Gerard Bertrand, World Land Trust’s Honorary President, was a co-founder of the charity in 1989 and has been actively involved ever since.

Honorary President: Dr Gerard Bertrand

With 35 years’ experience in environmental science and conservation, Jerry Bertrand’s primary interest has always revolved around the preservation of habitat and species.

After serving as a science advisor in the Executive Offices of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, Jerry became head of International Affairs for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He was Executive President of Massachusetts Audubon Society for many years and former Chairman of BirdLife International.

Jerry was a co-founder of World Land Trust in 1989 and has been actively involved ever since. Jerry has an MS and PhD in marine science and oceanography, and he also holds a degree in environmental law.

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