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Buy an acre

Habitat loss is the greatest threat facing wildlife worldwide. As Unividual grows so does our carbon footprint but also the impact that we can have on making a difference.

Like everyone this time of year, we like to send our clients and friends of the business Christmas cards. As our business grows so does the number of cards and every year we talk about whether we should be using up the worlds resources when we can send our sentiments in an E-Card. Habitat loss and saving wildlife is a cause we believe in and is very close to our hearts. So we are going to donate the cost of a recipient’s card to the World Land Trust “Buy An Acre” project on their behalf.

Habitat loss is the greatest threat facing wildlife worldwide. The importance of saving acres of land from development has been more recently bought to light by David Attenborough: “Just saving a single species of course is important, but it’s only important because it’s an indication of something. So what you need, if you’re going to conserve the wildlife of the world, is land. The World Land Trust knows that if that land – in that remote part of the world – is to be saved, the people who can save it are the people who live there and who know what the problem is; the people who have the enterprise and the conviction to do something about it. 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.”

How does Buy An Acre Work?

For every £100 donation to the Buy an Acre programme, one of World Land Trust’s overseas partners will be able to purchase one acre of habitat and protect it in perpetuity for wildlife. WLT works with a network of trusted conservation partners all around the world, who have been evaluated and visited to ensure they have the experience, knowledge and track record to create and protect wildlife reserves. Land is therefore owned by local people, who know the land, the threats and the wildlife. They are experts in conservation in their respective countries and work with local communities, employing local people. By placing the land in their ownership they take on the responsibility of ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife. Once it is in their ownership it cannot be purchased by other landowners who may want to clear the habitat for agriculture, illegal logging, cattle encroachment or poaching. Rangers patrol the reserves to deter and detect poachers, monitor wildlife and maintain reserve infrastructure such as access roads, paths or visitor’s centres.

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Sir David commented that since he became involved in conservation the world’s population has tripled. “Without the natural world, mankind is doomed”, he said. “We are dependent on the natural world for the very air we breathe and every particle of food we eat. Many people, including me, would say we are dependent on it for our very sanity. We can accommodate that by looking after the natural world and making sure mankind doesn’t spread willy-nilly over every square yard of the globe.”

So from all our financial advisers, John, Lewis, Cherie-Anne and the entire Unividual family we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We thank you all for your support to our business and we hope that you will join us in our mission to support the World Land Trust this Christmas.

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