WHY WE’RE BUILDING BRIDGES WITH NATURE
We’ve been building bio-bridges all over the world to help protect animals and their natural habitats. ‘Bio-bridges’ are restored wildlife corridors in damaged landscapes that help endangered species to reconnect, breed and thrive again.
Our World Bio-Bridges Mission aims to enrich biodiversity around the world by protecting and regenerating 75 million square metres of habitat and building 10 bio-bridges by 2020.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION IN ENGLAND?***
With new partners the Woodland Trust, we’re giving a minimum of £150,000 to build multiple mini bio-bridges in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, an ancient woodland on the English-Welsh border. Without action, the wildlife here will become increasingly isolated and restricted to small pockets of disconnected woodland.
This project may also benefit one of the UK’s rarest mammals, the pine marten. A reintroduction of this iconic species is planned in the near future.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION IN ARMENIA?
With our partners at World Land Trust, we’re giving a minimum of £100,000 to support the protection of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, a reserve located in a biodiversity hotspot in the Ararat province, Armenia.
Created by leasing lands from surrounding rural communities, the reserve protects crucial habitat for some of Armenia’s most threatened species, including the Caucasian lynx and leopard. This project will benefit community development as well as biodiversity conservation.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION IN KYRGYZSTAN?
With Fauna & Flora International (FFI), we aim to plant around 10,000 trees in the wild fruit and nut forests of Kyrgyzstan. These forests help provide sanctuary for key bird species, including the endangered Egyptian vulture. The project will also engage hundreds of locals living in the region in forest health and improving the sustainability of forest harvests.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION IN QUEENSLAND?
With the Queensland Koala Crusaders, we aim to plant 12,000 trees and restore over 30 hectares of cleared land in Queensland, Australia. This project will help turn the tide against the loss of habitat in the area, which is recognised as a biosphere reserve. Reconnecting and restoring this former timber plantation will help the threatened koala population to eventually thrive again.
BUILDING BIO-BRIDGES IN NEPAL
With Red Panda Network of Nepal, we’re helping protect endangered red pandas in the Himalayas. We’re regenerating the forest by building a bio-bridge and planting more red panda food – including their favourite, bamboo!
BUILDING BIO BRIDGES IN INDIA
With World Land Trust and Wildlife Trust of India, we’re building a bio-bridge to help protect endangered elephants at risk from the destruction of their habitat. The World Land Trust (WLT) protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. Our relationship dates back many years.
BUILDING BIO BRIDGES IN VIETNAM
Here we are helping fund the protection of the Khe Nuoc Trong forest. Funds are also allocated to species surveys and community engagement projects to raise local awareness of the endangered species in particular the Red-shanked Douc like our pal Reggie.
BUILDING BIO BRIDGES IN INDONESIA
In the Batang Toru forest on Sumatra, we’re supporting the establishment of a Forest Management Unit to help protect the southernmost population of critically endangered orangutans and endangered species like the Sumatran Tiger. Here, we work with the Orangutan Land Trust, which help ensure there are safe forest areas set aside for orangutans and the species that accompany them.
BUILDING BIO BRIDGES IN MALAYSIA
Here, we’re working with Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia (WCS-MY) to prevent habitat fragmentation, the greatest threat to endangered animals like critically endangered Malayan tigers and endangered Asian elephants. We want to help this critically endangered wildlife roam in the larger protected landscape of Endau Rompin.
BUILDING BIO BRIDGES IN TANZANIA
In Tanzania, we are working with our local partner, Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI), to create connections between forests, wildlife and rural communities. We will support rural communities to benefit from sustainable FSC-certified timber sales, with the revenues generated providing incentives for forest and wildlife habitat conservation.
*Slogan 'Trees are for life, not just for Christmas' used with kind permission of Dogs Trust.
**8th November 2018 - 7th January 2019: Greece, Russia, Malta, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Cyprus
1st November 2018 - 31st December 2018: all other participating countries.
***The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 294344) and in Scotland (No. SC038885). World Land Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 1001291).