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 organisations 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 organisations 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.

World Land Trust logo
Founded in 1989, World Land Trust protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats.


  • 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 organisations 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

World Land Trust’s Patrons

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 recognised that a long time before others and it became their first objective.”
Sir David Attenborough, WLT Patron


Steve Backshall

Wildlife presenter, author and adventurer Steve Backshall is an avid champion of nature and discovery and became a WLT Patron in 2016.


Chris Packham

Charismatic television presenter, spectacular wildlife photographer, author and wildlife expert, Chris Packham joined Sir David Attenborough and David Gower as a patron of WLT in 2013.


David Gower OBE

Best known as an English cricketer and television personality, David Gower has a life-long love of wildlife and became World Land Trust’s first Patron in 1997.

For more information about WLT’s Patrons visit: