Pre-Congress Workshops & Trainings

WILD11 will be offering three pre-congress events before the congress kicks off on March 19th. First, the Young People’s Pre-Congress Workshop will take place  in Ranthambhore National Park March 15-18, 2020. The Intergovernmental Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Seminar will take place March 16-18, 2020, also in Ranthambhore National Park. Finally, the Government Workshops on Effective Climate Action will be available for officials by invite only from the Government of Rajasthan and will take place March 17-18, 2020 at the Jaipur Forestry Training Institute.

Participants must already be registered for WILD11 to participate in either of the pre-congress offerings. 

National Geographic Photo Camp

Through National Geographic Photo Camps, young people from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens, learn how to leverage photography to tell their own stories, explore the world around them, and develop deep connections with others.

World-class National Geographic photographers provide students with a personalized, immersive learning experience, inspiring the next generation of photojournalists. Then, through intimate presentations in their own communities and public exhibitions that reach millions of viewers, National Geographic Photo Camp showcases the students’ perspectives on issues that are important to all of us.

The National Geographic Society will be hosting a Photo Camp as a WILD11 pre-congress session. Taking place in Jaipur, Rajasthan, March 14-18, 2020, the Photo Camp will focus on WILD11’s theme of life, livelihoods, and love, and will feature the city of Jaipur and its relationship with wilderness including the Jhalana Leopard Reserve.

To learn more about the National Geographic Photo Camp, visit their website.

Leading the Photo Camp:

  • Coordinator: Kirsten Elstner
  • Lead Photographer: Sandesh Kadur
  • Editor: Jessica Elfadl
  • Tech Director: Clifton Shipway
  • Lead TA: Malaika Vaz

Young People’s Pre-Congress Workshop

The Young People’s Pre-Congress Workshop is a four-day curated workshop (March 15-18, 2020) focused on capacity building, network growth, community service, and strategizing for the 2020 “super year” of gatherings. It will prove pivotal in paving the way for youth mobilisers in order to enable and empower them to design and demand a future they want to live in, at WILD11 and beyond.  For questions, email


  • From 15-18 March 2020, 30 regionally representative (15 from India, 15 global) and gender balanced early career conservationists will convene in Ranthambhore National Park for an intensive and immersive 4-day pre-Congress workshop.
  • Through an intensive capacity-building and leadership training workshop, early career professionals will gain key skills that will enhance their capacities and create a foundation from which to build meaningful engagement and interaction for these youth at WILD11 and other 2020 (and beyond) global gatherings.
  • Key focuses of this training will be on the importance of biodiversity and nature, the critical importance of major events in 2020 for the next decade, and will include campaigning and advocacy development, problem solving methods, and leading creative communications.
  • Throughout the pre-congress workshop, participants will be guided to produce curated content of their experience during the workshop, throughout WILD11, and sharing their stories via various media forms through photo, video, written, and interviews.
  • Dedicated to supporting the communities we work within, participants will learn from, engage with, and support local peoples through volunteering, evening storytelling and Q&A sessions with local leaders, and interactive hands-on experience in these places.


The Pre-Congress Workshop is open to registered WILD11 attendees 35 years of age or younger on 26 March 2020. Involvement will be determined through an application process (see link to application below), and successful applicants will be notified by 20 February 2020. Participants must be registered to attend WILD11 and must be able to arrive in Jaipur on 15 March 2020 in order to be transported to the Pre-Congress location.

* Please note: we are no longer accepting applications *


The Pre-Congress workshop will be held at Ranthambhore National Park, about 4 hours drive from Jaipur. Transportation to and from Jaipur and the main WILD11 site to the Pre-Congress location will be provided to participants. Lodging, meals, and meeting space will be provided for the extent of the workshop, along with morning safari rides and access to local communities in order to experience full immersion in the area. However, travel to Jaipur and WILD11 must be covered by the participant.

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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.


  • To extend intergovernmental pre-congress training conducted at previous World Wilderness Congresses in South Africa, Alaska and Mexico
  • To offer international wilderness and rivers training by providing planning frameworks, management principles, techniques and tools to advance protected area collaboration, awareness and education
  • To prepare participants for their future role as Wilderness and Rivers Ambassadors

TARGET AUDIENCE: International government agency, community and private wilderness protected area managers, river managers, NGOs, community leaders from areas neighboring wilderness and rivers, and stakeholders; interagency managers from USA are invited to attend. All levels of experience are welcomed, but a focus will be targeted to managers with field experience. The Seminar will be conducted in English and all participants are expected to speak functional English.

Nominations are due January 15, 2020.

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Government Workshops on Effective Climate Action

In partnership with the Rajasthan State Government, the India Climate Collaborative, and Tata Trusts, WILD11 will facilitate a Pre-Congress workshop for 60 mid-level officers from local and state bodies including Forest departments, State Pollution Control Board, Urban Local Governments, District Administration and the Rajasthan Directorate of Environment and Climate Change.

Please note: these workshops are by invite-only for officials that the Government of Rajasthan will initiate. Contact Anuj Gangwal for more information.

The workshop will be a 2-day engaging session hosted at the Rajasthan Forest and Wildlife Training Institute (RFWTI) in Jaipur on 17-18 March 2020. This is the first of a series of capacity-building sessions, and a set of module-related training tools will be produced for this first session to guide the subsequent sessions.


  • To sensitize and build awareness amongst actors within State and Local Governments on the environmental impacts of policy implementation
  • To deliver a larger, global perspective on the conversation efforts being undertaken within the climate debate
  • To highlight and Champion Change-makers within State, Urban and Rural Government frameworks that have instituted instrumental change within their communities with positive effects on ecological preservation, waste management, water conservation, etc.
  • To provide useful tools and products to the participating officers that can help supplement their day-to-day roles while enabling them to support Government environmental goals