Update on the Coronavirus

January 31, 2020



On January 30th, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency over the Wuhan coronavirus, citing the potential of the virus to spread to countries not prepared to respond to the contagion. At the moment no one knows the extent of the likely spread of the virus, nor its potential impacts. Therefore, we feel it is wise to use an abundance of caution, so our Executive Committee asks delegates to pause WILD11 registrations, visa applications, and travel plans for 10 days, until 10 February, while we all get a better understanding of the situation.  In the meantime, we continue our programme planning while we consult  with other institutions, conferences and colleagues.

We’ve been advised that this is in keeping with WHO and CDC protocols, and US and India government advisories. On 10 February we will be in touch again to update our findings. The health and safety of our delegates and their families are of priority concern at this time.

In the meantime, we continue our programme planning while we consult with other institutions, conferences and colleagues. Delegates and speakers can expect new emails in the coming days announcing the WILD11 program web app, speaker packets, pre-Congress timelines, and more.

For more information about the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus and the World Health Organization global health emergency, please visit the WHO coronavirus statement here.

For further inquiries about the 11th World Wilderness Congress, please visit the WILD11 Travel Info page, or contact Frank Palumbo.

View our Coronavirus Travel Advisory FAQ page >