International Wilderness Week

We are excited to announce that from 19th to 23rd October 2020, the European Wilderness Society will host the first International Wilderness Week. During these five days, Wilderness advocates from around the world will celebrate Wilderness with online presentations, discussions, workshops, reports from community events, Q&As and much more!

For a small donation of € 20,- you can get access to the full five days with more than 50 hours of content. This includes 80 speakers from 30 countries!

The meaning and history of Wilderness is just as diverse as its appearance around the world. Unfortunately, Wilderness is disappearing globally at an alarming rate. The year 2020 was supposed to be important for Wilderness. The international Wilderness Conference WILD11 as well as the COP15 Conference on the UN Convention of Biological Diversity should have provided opportunities to share ideas and solutions. However, the COVID-19 crisis changed everything. Lockdowns around the world have forced the cancellation of many events or moved them online. We are making virtue of necessity and want to create a unique event that is accessible live for everyone around the world with internet access. The first International Wilderness Week is a celebration of Wilderness that creates a platform to share enthusiasm for Wilderness and to learn from Wilderness advocates in all parts of the world. It also includes a conference, where researchers, scientists and practitioners present and discuss their work and lessons learned.

The first two days will be a Wilderness Festival bringing together Wilderness advocates from around the world.

After two days of sharing and learning, it is time to experience. We encourage every participant to use this day to venture into Wilderness.

The last two days of the first International Wilderness Week will take us from the popular to the scientific aspect of Wilderness.

The first International Wilderness Week is a one-of-a-kind event. Its virtual set up allows to address and involve all time zones and regions. The virtual space also provides easy and cheap access for everyone. Every single of the five days will be packed with a stunning 15 hours of content divided into three geographical blocks. Tune in at lunch break to hear stories from your own continent and again in the evening to learn about Wilderness from the other side of the world.

Coming together for our world’s Wilderness

We know that there are people everywhere, working hard to preserve Wilderness in their homes. It is a tough mission, so the European Wilderness Society has been working from its beginning to connect Wilderness advocates in Europe and beyond. Our international projects, the Wilderness Academy Days, the Vlado Vancura Wilderness Academy, the webinar series with speakers from Asia, Africa and the European Wilderness Network were created in this spirit. The International Wilderness Week is the next step on this journey. We will have speakers and participants from all continents – maybe even Antarctica?! – who will present the beauty of their local Wilderness, shine a light on the issues they face and inspire the audience with visions for the future.

2020mon19oct(oct 19)06:00fri23(oct 23)20:00FeaturedOnline EventInternational Wilderness WeekA full week of Wilderness06:00 - 20:00 (23) CEST Event Organized By: European Wilderness Society Event:Conference It´s not too late yet! You can join our International Wilderness Week anytime!

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