WILD11 SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE

WILD11 Co-Hosts, Partners, Planners, Collaborators, Sponsors and Event Management Company take personal and collective responsibility to assure that the WILD11 process and Congress is a leader in Congress sustainability and carbon consciousness.

We welcome our delegates to join us in this call-to-action for all-around sustainable best practices and very specific carbon awareness. This commitment extends from travel to and from the Congress; hotels and local transport; supply chain; materials used; energy consumed; food sourcing, consumption and management; waste-handling…and more. Our pledge includes, but is not limited to:

Wilderness Carbon Action Program (WILD-CAP)

The carbon footprint of WILD11 planning and deployment will be analyzed and offset, and dedicated to protecting primary forests and other large, intact natural areas. 100% of all offset revenue will go directly and equally to two projects where local communities and Indigenous Peoples protect large wild areas, one in the Amazon (see here) and one in India (under selection by India Committee, to be announced). While we acknowledge the importance of restoration of biodiversity through ecologically correct and highly diverse tree planting, our preference is to emphasize avoided deforestation by protecting existing primary forests, intact wild landscapes and associated natural restoration, and support the tribal and indigenous communities doing this work.

OFFSET YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Material

We will minimize the demand for resources and use available local, reused and/or recycled resources whenever possible in a manner supported by local stakeholders. The use of paper will be at a bare minimum, with any excess paper or other materials to be either reused or recycled. WILD11 organizers will reduce and strive to eliminate the use of plastics in all materials used and exhibits constructed.

Food

Rajasthan has some of the world’s best chefs working primarily with plant-based diets, giving us the opportunity to serve our guests delicious, high quality vegetarian food at our hosted receptions. At these events – and throughout the Congress – we strongly encourage the use of your own, reusable water bottles. The Congress will be substantially free of single-use plastics, such as plastic wrap and non-compostable/non-reuseable dishware and cutlery. Other ‘green’ alternatives will be provided. Unserved food will go directly from the kitchen to organizations working with children and hospitals to feed those in need. Served food waste from plates will be processed, then served to animal welfare agencies.

CARBON OFFSET PROGRAM

100% of all offset revenue will go directly to the programs listed below.

Yawanawá REDD+ Initiative in the Indigenous land of Gregório River, Tarauacá, Acre, Brazil

The Yawanawá are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as leaders in protecting rainforest and indigenous peoples rights. Now the Yawanawá are working with government, NGO, and corporate partners to establish a REDD+ model that can be scaled throughout Brazil for the benefit of all parties and the global environment.

The Yawanawá people inhabit the Indigenous Land of Gregório River located in the municipality of Tarauacá, in the state of Acre, Brazil. This territory has approximately 180,000 hectares, with only 2,081 hectares already converted into other uses. The Gregório River has 98.9% of its rainforest preserved thanks to the efforts of the indigenous peoples who live there. This richly biodiverse area is home to many endangered species and vulnerable fauna including the black monkey, cat maracajá, painted Jaguar, jabuti, and mutum.

The Yawanawá REDD+ model will work on FOUR important lines of action to reduce and/or eliminate threats while increasing resilience, according to the “YAWANAWÁ Life Plan” (the strategic plan developed by the indigenous peoples of the Gregório River):

  • Expand and strengthen territorial protection and surveillance
  • Achieve an integrated production of the forest, agroforestry and handicrafts
  • Recovery of previously converted areas
  • Continue to build a strong, efficient and effective Social Organization, including a strengthening of the Yawanawá Council’s increased women’s leadership

 


 

India project

The India Planning Committee are engaged right now on reviewing initiatives from which they will select the preferred beneficiary of 50% of WILD11 carbon offset revenue. Information will be posted in due course, thank you!

Suggested contribution amounts

Round Trip Flights to Jaipur

Mexico City – $35

Buenos Aires – $34

Los Angeles – $32

Brazil – $32

New York – $28

Anchorage – $24

Sydney – $23

London – $17

Perth – $17

South Africa – $16

Zurich – $15

Moscow – $12

Beijing – $11

Hong Kong – $10

Singapore – $9

Dubai – $5

Kolkata – $5

New Delhi – $5

Bangalore – $5

Mumbai – $5

Train within India to Jaipur – $5