Targeting the root causes of the climate and extinction crises


The World Wilderness Congress takes place at the crossroads of place-based conservation programs and large-scale, systemic solutions. Aligning practical conservation work at the local and regional level with global conservation strategies and objectives, the World Wilderness Congress opens pathways to actions that target the root causes of environmental degradation and lead to systemic change.

At WILD11, the international stream will focus on practical measures for achieving the protection of at least half of Earth’s land and seas (Nature Needs Half) while the regional stream will emphasize the importance of community-owned, community-operated conservation sites for the preservation and restoration of wild nature.

The World Wilderness Congress is unique among global environmental events because it offers the public a chance to influence international conservation priorities. Congress delegates come from all sectors of society and all corners of the world to meet and decide upon actions that help define the wilderness movement for years to come.

Below you will find a few quick facts about what to expect at the 11th World Wilderness Congress (WILD11).


 Jaipur, Rajasthan, India — Birla Convention Centre


1,500 or more from approximately 60 nations


Nature, Cultural, and Conservation tours locally and throughout the region

Registration (online) begins early September 2019

Includes costs of registration, hotels, tours, and other options

19 March — Evening welcome reception

20-21 March — Global Gathering 

The Global Gathering is open to all delegates and sets the agenda of the Congress. Here, delegates will hear from and interact with some of conservation’s biggest thinkers as they present bold visions to advance the protection of wildlife and wild places. All plenary sessions will take place during the day, with a choice of events in evenings.

Plenaries are a combination of:

  • Keynote addresses on a specific subject and its outcomes, global, national, cultural. Only in extremely special cases are they longer than 15-20 minutes. Many, but not all, are followed by a Q&A session.
  • Panels on an array of examples/demonstrations on a specific topic that consist of 3-4 presentations of 10 minutes each, followed by Q&A.
  • There will be a close interchange between the best of the Symposium (concurrent sessions) and the Plenary Sessions.
  • Cultural moments, events, and themes.

23, 24, 25, 26 March — Convention of Delegates

On these days, delegates meet in both plenary and working sessions to share information, problem-solve, and build unity across cultural, and political boundaries.

23, 24, 25 March

Mornings — Plenary Sessions

Afternoons — Science and Stewardship Symposium (concurrent sessions), workshops, and more.

Evenings — choice of events, cultural, film festival, etc.

26 March

GENERAL ASSEMBLY — On the final day, delegates reconvene to adopt WILD11’s resolutions and set the global wilderness conservation agenda for the next 4-5 years.  

Morning and afternoon — All plenary sessions, final outcomes, resolution adoptions, closing celebrity speakers, closing cultural evening.

Other events at WILD11

20-26 March — The Tent Expo: Exhibitions of commercial, NGO, governmental, artistic, educational, artisanal initiatives. Everything will be housed adjacent to Birla Convention Centre. There will also be art installations, a film festival, and photography exhibitions in the Expo, in the main conference centre, and elsewhere. 

22 March, Sunday — A WILD Day: Local tours, shopping, associated meetings.

If specific invitations are required for a delegate or invitee to use for visa, travel or other purposes, they can be requested from In the subject line please enter “Request for invitation.”  Include in the email your name, the gender with which you identify with, age, address, organization/community affiliation, passport number, and nationality.

Pre and Post-Congress

Numerous training, capacity-building, and peer-group meetings will be held in the several days before and after WILD11.  


Submit your panel idea and abstract below.



Global Deal for Nature: Making It Happen for 2020

Getting and Keeping Half on the Agenda: Convention on Biological Diversity

Half in National Policy: the BRICS and Regional Leadership

Movement Building for Half & Nature-Based Solutions

Protecting Half in Marine Ecosystems: Status, Baselines, and Updates



Community-Owned, Community-Operated Nature Conservancies

Deserts & Grasslands: New Priorities for the Least Protected Ecosystems

Great Indian Bustard & the Decline of Birdlife in India

Rewilding India & the World


Young leaders are a foundational programmatic element of the World Wilderness Congress, not a separate stream or add-on. We strive to include young conservation leaders on all panels and committees because doing so is right and practical. It will be the youth, after all, who will be responsible for achieving conservation’s present day ambitions; they will also be the ones who bear the consequences for today’s inaction.

For these reasons, you will not see any one panel or call-to-action pointing specifically at youth because youth are included in all leadership aspects of this international gathering and youth voices are built into every session.

We encourage all conservation leaders, regardless of age or experience, to submit their work and ideas to WILD11. We commit to including a diverse array of participants in each and every programmatic element of WILD11. Thank you for your initiative and commitment to a wild Earth.