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Mission Statement

The WILD Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), non-governmental organization founded in the United States in 1974 by South African Dr. Ian Player, and based in Boulder, Colorado.The WILD Foundation protects and sustains wild nature by informing, inspiring and empowering people around the globe. WILD works in three sectors: policy and applied research, with decision-makers at every level of government, business, and community; field projects that integrate the needs of wilderness, wildlife and people; and communications, through publishing, media and the arts. The World Wilderness Congress- established by WILD in 1977 and now the world's longest-running public environmental forum- is WILD's flagship program, bringing together the public and leaders from government, business and organizations working for wilderness and human communities around the globe. Convening every three to four years, the WWC sets objectives, creates structure and alliances to achieve those objectives and produces practical results. For example, the 4th World Wilderness Congress (1987) helped start the Global Environmental Facility of the World Bank, and the 8th World Wilderness Congress (2005) launched the International League of Conservation Photographers and announced the first wilderness law and designated wilderness area in Latin America (Mexico).


WILD addresses the problem of fast disappearing wildland areas, natural habitat and wildlife, and their link to human communities. Most of our main field projects are in Africa, but we also work in Asia and Latin America-anywhere that wilderness, wildlife and human communities need our support and experience. For example, we work with our partners of 28 years in South Africa, the Wilderness Foundation and Wilderness Leadership School. We work in Angola with our partners The Kissama Foundation, rehabilitation Angola's parks and wildlife. In Mozambique we partner with Forum Natureza em Perigo (Endangered Wildlife Trust). WILD supports protection of the wild cheetah in Namibia, with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Our World Wilderness Congress has convened on eight occasions, in different countries, from 1977 to 2005, acting as an international forum for action and understanding to protect and sustain wilderness areas and dependent human communities. Our Wilderness leadership Institute focuses on information, publishing and media programs for public awareness, education and training, such as the International Journal of Wilderness, The WILD Awards, and more.



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