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l0th World Wilderness Congress

Exploring new ways to earn a fair living from wild lands

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This focal point of the 58 year old Wilderness Foundation’s activities has become the world’s longest-running, international, public conservation project. It is collaboration between indigenous groups, governments, and experts in diverse fields, community representatives, businesses, scientists, artists and many more. They recognize that culture is equally as important as good policy, effective resource management and state-of-the-art science.

Every four years this ongoing public conservation project focuses on practical & positive outcomes in policy, new protected areas, new funding mechanisms, trainings for communities and professionals. The list of past accomplishment is stunning such as with the introduction of a World Conservation Bank, leading to the formation of The Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank. 

The 8th Congress in Alaska in 2005 drew about  200 persons from 60 nations; the next in Merida in the Yucatan in Mexico in 2009 attracted 1,800 from 50 nations and tens of thousands more participated electronically. Wild l0 in Salamanca may set new records for attendance but the focused leadership has its eye on measurable results. There will be 7 days of varied and exciting activities with announcements of successes achieved and new visions undertaken. There will be cultural events, trainings, and symposia, and the opportunity to meet one on one with people who can help you advance your issues.

Europe aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, creating 10 magnificent wildlife and wilderness areas in the process. 

This Congress is sited in Spain because of international efforts directed at Rewilding Europe and making it a wilder place. Changes in the political and cultural landscape luring the past few decades has resulted in vast numbers of people abandoning the land in favor of towns and cities. This encourages bringing back a great variety of life while exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from wild lands. Europe aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, creating 10 magnificent wildlife and wilderness areas in the process. This initiative has significant international support from WWF Netherlands, ARK Nature, Wild Wonders of Europe, PAN Parks and Conservation Capital and others.

According to the 2010 “Living Planet Report”, the period 1970 to 2007 saw an average increase of wild animal populations of 43% in Europe as the natural functioning of most European ecosystems returns. The land has benefitted more than the sea, many marine species still struggle, often associated with the escalating overharvest of diminishing fish resources. The Wilderness Foundation has a long involvement with marine issues and global leaders in this area are regular participants in the Congresses.

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