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.
Specific programme substance, speakers, and subjects will begin to be posted online as of early mid-January 2020, and updated frequently thereafter. Additionally, the WILD11 mobile app will be launched in early February and will allow delegates to access all congress-related information such as the program, nearby dining & activities, special events, a list of all delegates, speakers, and sponsors, and ways to connect with one another.
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
NUMBER OF EXPECTED DELEGATES
1,500 or more from approximately 60 nations
PRE & POST TOURS
Nature, Cultural, and Conservation tours locally and throughout the region
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19 March — Official Opening
Plenary begins at 1200 noon, with sessions all afternoon followed by an 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.
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
19-26 March — Central Park (immediately adjacent to the Birla) Young Environmentalist Programme: thousands of school children and Congress delegates will participate in daily programmes centered around environmental education, films, displays, and workshops.
19-26 March — WILD11 Expo of commercial, NGO, governmental, artistic, educational, artisanal initiatives. Display areas and pavilions are available for rental in the Expo Centre on two floors inside the Birla Convention Centre. (These are available on a cost basis to non-commercial initiatives, NGOs and bona fide educational institutions.) Another specific aspect of the WILD11 Expo is the WILD Cities Tent, featuring numerous examples of cities and urban areas working to promote wildness values such as biodiversity, wildlife friendly habitat, natural water features, and natural quiet zones. This will be showcased in a very large traditional, colourful Rajasthani tent on the grounds of Birla immediately adjacent to the main conference centre. There will also be art installations, a film festival, and photography exhibitions in the main conference centre and elsewhere. All of this is open to the public as well as delegates. Rental details will be available on-line in November 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) will present WildSpeak India during WILD11, March 23-25, 2020; a three-day conservation photography symposium. WildSpeak India will focus on visual storytelling as a tool to inspire empathy and action for conservation, and it will feature individual and group presentations from some of the most renowned conservation photographers, filmmakers and experts in the world including live presentations, workshops, exhibits, film screenings and more.
Programming will include four major themes:
- India Through a Wild Lens – Presentations on the rich biodiversity, nature and wildlife of India with a special focus on threatened and endangered species;
- Ethics, Empathy, and the Environment – Presentations will highlight ethical issues facing wildlife photographers and filmmakers including balancing the need to make high quality, compelling images and negatively impacting their subjects. For example, drones can be used to get strong storytelling visuals but many do not know the stress it can put on an animal.
- Sustainability: Pros and Conservation – These sessions will look at myths and realities of widely-held views on “sustainable” solutions.
- Capacity-Building Workshops – These workshops, led by our Fellows and Affiliates, and leading experts based in India, will help to teach and inspire young Indian photographers and filmmakers to pursue careers in professional photography and filmmaking to support conservation.
Writers’ Sessions at WILD11
There will be three days of sessions by and about writing led by 18 speakers. The programs will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday March 23, 24, 25, 2020 in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. There have been writer’s sessions at WILD8 (Alaska), WILD9 (Merida, Mexico) and WILD10 (Salamanca, Spain) with leaders from around the world. The writers’ sessions from this Congress will be focused on Asian writers. The sessions are organized by the Sanctuary Nature Foundation, the Fulcrum Group and the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW).
In addition to the writing sessions, the 8th Wilderness Writing Award will be presented to an author (yet to be named) for a lifetime body of work. The award is sponsored by the WILD Foundation, Fulcrum Group, and the International League of Conservation Writers. More details will be posted as they are available.
Intergovernmental Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Seminar
The Pre-congress Intergovernmental Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River Seminar will take place March 16-18, 2020 in Ranthambhore National Park. The seminar is designed to bring protected area managers and stewardship partners together to discuss practical, science-based and field-tested approaches to steward wild places and protected areas. Topics covered include: wilderness and wild and scenic river protection principles and systems; an overview of allocation and stewardship guidance for IUCN Protected Area categories (particularly 1b); planning frameworks and techniques for managing visitor use in protected areas; development of wilderness and wild and scenic river management plans; and importance of collaborative citizen participation.
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
NOTE ON INTERGENERATIONAL DIVERSITY:
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.