London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 19, 2009 -- Tusk Trust (www.tusk.org), the Pan African sustainability charity whose patron is Prince William, is pleased to announce a working partnership with London based Carbon Advice Group Plc to deliver an innovative web based experience that enables individuals and businesses to go to Tuskâs website, calculate their carbon footprint and help balance their carbon emissions by donating to specific environmental, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives managed by Tusk across Africa.
Carbon Advice Groupâs global network of over 1000 Carbon Partners have also been engaged to offer the ability to donate to Tusk Trust on their partner websites.
Charles Mayhew MBE, Tuskâs CEO said âwe are excited about the prospects of being able to offer a ânew way of givingâ to a worldwide audience who are increasingly conscious of their carbon emissions and are looking for ethical, effective ways of doing their bit by directly linking their donations to Tusk to the size of their carbon footprintâ. âThe 40 field projects that we manage are spread across 17 African countries help alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development and education amongst many poor rural communities who live alongside wildlife. These projects make a real difference to the local communities and are all helping to combat climate changeâ, he continued.
Matthew Sullivan, Carbon Advice Groupâs CEO, said âwe are delighted to support Tusk Trust across the entire Carbon Partner Network and to highlight the important work they are doing in the fields of sustainability, energy efficiency and education. Support for organisations such as Tusk Trust is critical if we are to achieve the low carbon world that we are all working towards. The ability to go online, find out your carbon footprint and donate a corresponding amount to Tusk Trust enables every visitor to see the effects they are having on the environment together with the ability to donate there and then to an organization that is really going to make a differenceâ.
About Tusk Trust Tusk Trust is a dynamic organisation, which has 18 years experience initiating and funding conservation and community development programmes right across Africa. Supported by UK celebrities such as Rory Bremner, Ronnie Wood, Griff Rhys Jones, Joanna Lumley, Ruby Wax, Zoe Ball, Ben Fogle and Alistair McGowan, the charityâs work to deliver direct sustainable conservation has been widely covered on television and in the media. In 2005 Prince William became the charityâs Royal Patron. Since its formation in 1990 by Charles Mayhew MBE and Sir Timothy Ackroyd Bt., Tusk has earned a reputation for being non-bureaucratic and for maximising donor funds (on average 85% of net funds) reaching the field. The charity has supported more than 100 projects and invested over Â£9 million into the field.
Tuskâs current portfolio of 40 field projects spread across 17 African countries is designed not only to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but to help alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development and education amongst many poor rural communities who live alongside wildlife. Conservation of wildlife remains a key objective with substantial funding being applied towards the protection of many threatened species such as Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Chimpanzee, Mountain and Lowland Gorillas, African Wild Dog, Giant Sable and even marine species such as Turtles.
As the ever expanding human population and its demand for more land brings it into increasing and often disastrous conflict with wildlife, Tuskâs aim is to forge an inextricable link between the preservation of Africaâs natural heritage and the future of itâs land, culture and peoples and one that seeks to engage global support for a vision that will bring about an end to such conflict through education, job creation, and ultimately self-sufficiency.
Tusk has, with its project field partners such as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, been at the forefront of establishing and promoting community driven conservation programmes. The charityâs holistic approach recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependant on education and sustainable development. A number of the charityâs initiatives therefore incorporate work to improve environmental education, security, healthcare, and responsible tourism. One such programme managed by the Northern Rangelands Trust and supported by Tusk has seen 1.6 million acres of community land come under a common conservation policy with initiatives that are directly and simultaneously benefiting 62,000 people and a significant wildlife population in northern Kenya.
Tusk strives to provide practical, logistical and financial support to a diverse range of projects. In the past this has included the purchase of vehicles, aircraft, radio equipment, as well as the construction of primary and secondary schools, clinics, water improvement schemes, roads, buildings, bridges and airstrips, as well as covering the direct costs of rangers. The charity enjoys a reputation for being financially efficient with an average of 85% of the net funds raised reaching the field. Tusk UK contact details: Tusk Trust, 5 Townbridge House, High Street, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4AA Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005Â Â Â Â Fax: +44 (0) 1747 831 006 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org