Launched by The WILD Foundation in 1977, the World Wilderness Congress (WWC) is now the longest-running, international environmental forum. With over 30 years of conservation achievements, the WWC has become a high-profile platform for acting on complex wilderness and wildlands issues. WWC 2009 will be held from November 6th to 13th in Merida, Mexico.
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Preserving wild nature is essential to maintaining a sustainable human society. With regard to protecting the ecosystem, large expanses of wilderness are vital for the vibrant health of life-support systems that communities depend on – fresh water, clean air, healthy soil, carbon storage, plant and animal diversity.
Degradation of these areas, either through pollution, deforestation, expanding urban populations or over farming, will seriously disturb the delicate balance of such natural systems. In addition, wild ecosystems – both terrestrial and marine — are powerful buffers that mitigate the impact of climate change.
Critical topics discussed during the Wild9 forum will include climate change, fresh water scarcity and the loss of biodiversity. In addition, there will be a series of Tours in to the Wild offered to attendees, providing an opportunity to explore these topics first hand.
Social Media Coverage
In keeping with the rapid pace of communication technology, Wild9 will support an impressive array of social media content. The conference will feature live blogging and tweeting from Merida, and will also have a dedicated channel on Qik, enabling delegates in attendance to stream live video from their cell phone.
Similarly, WILD9 will have a dedicated channel on USTREAM which will broadcast sessions from keynote speakers such as Jane Goodall, Pavan Sukhdev, and Stephen Harding, just to name a few. Videos will also be posted on their YouTube Channel.
Lastly, there will be a WILD9 splash page which will serve as a collection of all the live content. A live twitter feed, blog feed, daily schedule, live videos and slideshows will all be posted. For delegates in attendance and those unable to make the trip, the WILD9 LIVE page will be the best place for information during WILD9.
Wilderness, wild lands and seas will be addressed in 6 main themes:
- Climate Change
- Transboundary and Connectivity Issues
- Large Landscapes and Seascapes
- Human Communities in Transition
Topics Within Themes
- Law and Policy
- Science and Research
- Management Training
- Capacity Building
- Economic and Corporate Sustainability
- Constituency Building (Communications for Conservation)
- Social and Tourism benefits of Wilderness
- Arts and Culture in Service to Conservation
- Indigenous Wisdom and Practice
- Religion and Spirit
- Tim Kelly – President and CEO of National Geographic Global Media Group
- Jane Smart – Director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group
- Luis Alberto Ferrate – Guatemala Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
- Russ Mittermeier – President, Conservation International
- Ghana Gurung – World Wildlife Federation Nepal
- Brian Smith – CEO, Coca-Cola Mexico
- Juan Elvira – Mexico Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources
The Wild9 World Wilderness Congress represents the type of thinking, action and education that lies at the core of the Global Patriot movement. Reshaping our lives and societies in a way that supports sustainable practices is essential for returning our planet to a state of maximum health!