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The WILD Foundation

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Our Mission

What We Do

The WILD Foundation protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities using the power of collaboration and collective impact.

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50% by 2050

Why 2020?

We can stop the sixth mass extinction if we protect approximately 50% of the 846 ecoregions that provide habitat for all of Earth's biodiversity. That means finding leaders and organizations around the world willing to align exisiting efforts around protecting and interconnecting nature in the region.

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Where We Work:

  1. Mali Elephant Project: Community-centered conservation that benefits both elephants and people.

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  2. CoalitionWILD: Connecting and equipping young leaders to tackle our planet's greatest conservation challenges.

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  3. Marine Wilderness Project: Raising public values and expectations to help solve the decline of marine life.

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  4. Wild Boulder: Utilizing citizen science to help local land managers improve open space and deepen community respect for nature.

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World Wilderness Congress

The World Wilderness Congress (WWC) launched over forty years ago, sparked by Magqubu nTombela – a Zulu elder and one of WILD’s two founders – and his sense of urgency that “more needs to be done.” Since then, the WWC has given rise to an international community that places the protection of wild nature front and center before world leaders. Occurring ten times in four decades, it has produced hundreds of practical outcomes, including: Initiating the process that would lead to the World Bank’s Global Environmental Facility. Dozens of new public and private protected areas covering millions of acres of land. Multi-lateral efforts to restore and protect wilderness across national boundaries. The next World Wilderness Congress, WILD11, will be hosted by China in 2019. Discover more about this groundbreaking event.

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A world in which people respect nature, nature flourishes, and life thrives.

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Working together matters. Here’s why.

WILD envisions a bold future for wilderness conservation, one that is about unity, not isolation, and integrity, not exclusion. We are creating a world in which nature is safe because governments and grassroots organizations coordinate around large-scale solutions, unified in respect for each other and nature, to keep Earth wild.

Discover how you can protect wildlife and wild places by strengthening coordination and teamwork across boundaries.

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