Schedule for the International Wilderness Week

International Wilderness Week was an online event happening between 19th-23rd of October, 2020.

You can find recordings of all the presentations on European Wilderness Society’s Youtube page.

Schedule for Asia & Oceania

Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
6:00 – 6:30Keynote dialogue: “Do we need to protect Wilderness?” – Max A. E. Rossberg, John Hausdoerffer, Gao Shan and Geoff Law“Clouded Leopard in Nepal – Research & Conservation” – Yadav Ghimirey, director of Friends of Nature NepalShowcase “Treasures of Nepal” – Raju Acharya, Friends of Nature Nepal, REWILD Institute Nepal“Effect of change of Climate & Habitat on Owls of Mumbai” – Dr. Mahesh N. Sanzgiri, Nilkanth Wildlife Safaris, India“Unique Concept of Wildlife as related to Human Psychology” – Dr. Mahesh Sanzgiri, Nilkanth Wildlife Safaris, India
6:30 – 7:00“Environmental Ethics” – Gao Shan, Department of Philosophy, Soochow University, China“Factors influencing the habitat use of owls in a mosaic landscape in Garo Hills, North-eastern India” – Sangeeth Sailas, Master’s student at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), India“School students participation in Wildlife Education in India” – Dr. Mahesh Sanzgiri, School principal and school students, India“Nepalese Endemic Bat – Research aspects and conservation need” – Sanjeev Baniya, REWILD Institute Nepal“Hunting and trade of owls in Nepal” – Raju Acharya, Friends of Nature Nepal & REWILD Institute Nepal
7:00 – 7:30Break“Nesting Behaviour of the Coppersmith Barbet” – Swanand Oak, self-taught Wildlife Photographer and birder, Nature Walk Charitable Trust, India“School students participation in Wildlife Education in India” – Dr. Mahesh Sanzgiri, School principal and school students, India“Critically Endangered Vultures in Nepal – population status, nesting behaviour and conservation perception” – Bikash Ghimire, Conservation Officer at Friends of Nature“Far East taiga Wilderness” – Vladimir Bocharnikov, Leading Researcher at North Pacific Biodiversity Information Assessment and Conservation Program, Russia
7:30 – 8:00“International Wildlife Project” – Dr. Mahesh Sanzgiri, School principal and school students, IndiaBreakBreakBreakBreak
8:00 – 8:30“International Wildlife Project” – Dr. Mahesh Sanzgiri, School principal and school students, India“Dragonfly Diversity Informatics” – Pankaj Koparde, Assistant Professor at MIT World Peace University, India“School students participation in Wildlife Education in India” – Dr. Mahesh Sanzgiri, School principal and school students, India“Anurans in Nepal – dietary assessment & niche overlap” – Suman Sapkota, Wildlife Biologist in Nepal“Wilderness movement in China” – Zhang Qian, China
8:30 – 9:00“Conservation Through Ecotourism in Borneo, Indonesia” – Indah Sartika Sari, conservationist in West Kalimantan, Borneo Indonesia“Wildlife in cities – a citizens perspective” – Navaz Sharif, India“How traditional games can create bioregional identities” – Gudrun Bruckner – Green Steps, China“Inside the Pit – How soil texture affects antlion pit dimensions” – Arjit Jere, Azim Premji University, India“Wilderness mapping in China” – Yue Cao, China

Schedule for Europe & Africa time zones

Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10:00 – 10:30“History of Wilderness in Europe” – Vlado Vancura, Deputy Chairman and Wilderness Director at European Wilderness Society, Slovakia“European Ranger Federation” – Urs Reif, Training Officer at European Ranger Federation, Germany“Wilderness in Estonia” – Aivar Ruukel, founder of Soomaa.com, Estonia“Urban Wilderness” – Dr. Indra Starke-Ottich, Senckenberg Institute, Germany“What really drives pro-environmental behaviour?” – Simon King and Duncan Pritchard, Wilderness Leadership School, South Africa
10:30 – 11:00“Welcome to transboundary biosphere reserve Uganda – Kenia” – Nsubuga Martin Herbert, programme officer for Science and Communication of Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, Kenia“Green School in Cameroon” – Martin Hahn, Honorary President of Happy Kids Akademie, Cameroon“Carpathain Biosphere Reserve and its Wilderness” – Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine “Research and protection of European wilderness with REMOTE” – Ondrej Kameniar, PhD student at Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic“Wolf Conservation and Eco-Health Management in Majella National Park, Italy” – Simone Angelucci, Head of Department of Majella National Park, Italy
11:00 – 11:30“Protected Areas and Wilderness in Ukraine” – Iryna Shchoka, Youth Programmes and Carpathian projects manager at European Wilderness Society, Ukraine“White-Tailed Eagle conservation in Austria” – Christian Pichler, Expert at WWF AustriaDocumentary “The Ancient Woods” – Mindaugas Survila, Lithuania“Projects: Centralparks & BEECH POWER” – Hanna Öllös, project coordinator at European Wilderness Society, Austria“Wolf Conservation and Eco-Health Management in Majella National Park, Italy” – Simone Angelucci, Head of Department of Majella National Park, Italy
11:30 – 12:00“Wolves in Estonia” – Eleri Lopp- Valdma, Estonian Nature Photos, Estonia
“The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area – how an international treaty has been used to stop dams and logging in a great temperate wilderness” – Geoff Law, author, conservationist and environmental activist, The Wilderness Society, AustraliaDocumentary “The Ancient Woods” – Mindaugas Survila, Lithuania“Burning biomass as a threat to Wilderness” – Zoltan Kun, WIlderness Advocate, Hungary“Researching and protecting Wilderness in times of conflict and pandemics” – Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor and researcher at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, Palestine
12:00 – 12:30“LIFE Osmoderma” – Dalia Bastytė-Cseh, project manager at Lithuanian Fund for Nature, Lithuania“Dutch Forest Reserves” – Jelle van Zanten, student at VHL University of Applied Sciences, The NetherlandsDiscussion with Mindaugas Survila, author of documentary “The Ancient Woods”, Lithuania“Return of the Mura dragon” – Polona Pengal and Jan Potočnik Erzin, REVIVO Institute, Slovenia“The world’s first Science National Park is in the making: a living laboratory for field biology in Evo, Finland” – John Loehr, Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki, Finland
12:30 – 13:00BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
13:00 – 13:30BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
13:30 – 14:00“European Wilderness Network” – Vlado Vancura, Deputy Chairman and Wilderness Director at European Wilderness Society, Slovakia“Conservation Careers Advice” – Nick Askew, Founder and director of Conservation Careers, United Kingdom“Excursion into Slovak Wilderness” – Vlado Vancura, Deputy Chairman and Wilderness Director at European Wilderness Society, Slovakia“Bat fauna in sacral architecture in the Transcarpathian region (Ukraine) in the breeding period” – Andriy-Taras Bashta, REWILD Institute Ukraine, Ukraine“Pirin National Park – endangered by ski resorts development in Bulgaria” – Andrey Ralev, Co-Founder of Perangua, Bulgaria
14:00 – 14:30“Wilderness: an anthropologist’s point of view” – Maria Benciolini, Project Manager at Eliante, Italy“Conservation Careers Advice” – Nick Askew, Founder and director of Conservation Careers, United Kingdom“Documentary: Wolf Mountains” – Erik Balaž, Slovakia

“Conservation of Europe’s rarest songbird – Aquatic warbler” – Gintaras Riauba, Biodiversity Conservation Expert at Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania“Wilderness Well-being” – Jo Roberts, CEO of Wilderness Foundation, Outdoor Therapist, Nature Advocate, United Kingdom
14:30 – 15:00“Among Bears – Brown Bears in the Heart of Europe” – Christine Sonvilla, Sonvilla-Graf Visual Storytelling, Austria“Project: Game On! Climate Game” – Dr Gabriella Mária Nagy and Thor Morante, CEEweb for Biodiversity, Hungary“Documentary: Wolf Mountains” – Erik Balaž, Slovakia“Durankulak Bird Ringing Camp on the Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria” – Andrey Ralev, REWILD Institute Bulgaria“Wilderness Communication in Germany” – Isabell Ziesche, communicator expert, Germany
15:00 – 15:30“Project: Euro Large Carnivores” – Laszlo Patko, Large Carnivore Conservation Project Manager, WWF-Hungary“Wilderness, Art & Education” – Britta Wahlers, Artist & Educator, GermanyDiscussion with Erik Balaž, author of the documentary “Wolf Mountains”, Slovakia“Durankulak Bird Ringing Camp on the Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria” – Andrey Ralev, REWILD Institute Bulgaria“Benefits of Wilderness on Leadership” – Wiet de Bruijn, Foundation for Natural Leadership, The Netherlands
15:30 – 16:00“Project: Remote areas for bears” – Mauro Belardi, president of Eliante, Italy“Wildlife Forensics Academy” – Andro Vos, founder and CEO Wildlife Forensic Academy, South Africa“Youth Wilderness Camps” – Generation Earth and WWF Youth Austria“Owl Conservation in Southern Africa” – Jonathan Haw, director at EcoSolutions, South Africa“The impact of a wilderness-based training program on Leadership Transformation” – Boy van Droffelaar, Foundation for Natural Leadership, The Netherlands
16:00 – 16:30“Improving livestock protection in the Alpine region” – Nick Huisman, European Wilderness Society, Austria“WILDArt – connecting Wilderness with art” – European Widlerness Society, AustriaWild Europe presents the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany with Simon StraetkerBreakBreak
16:30 – 17:00BreakBreakBreakBreakRewilding” John Davis Rewilding Earth, USA

Schedule for North and South Americas

Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
17:00 -17:30“The American Wilderness imagination” – Edward Zahniser, Wilderness writer and son of Howard Zahniser, who was the primary author of and chief lobbyist for the 1964 Wilderness Act, USA“Wildlife rescue center in Paraguay” – Marta Villasán Barroso, Fauna & Vida, Paraguay“The future of US Wilderness” – Authors of the book “Wildness”, USA“Past, current and future research at Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute” – ALWRI scientists, USA“The Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley, Mexico: natural and cultural richness” – Tania Garrido-Garduño, Professor of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
17:30 – 18:00“Mission Reforestation”
Nicholas Scaturro, founder of
Wooden Journey, USA
“Galapagos Whale Shark Project” – Jonathan Green, Project Founder & Director at Galapagos Whale Shark Project“The future of US Wilderness” – Authors of the book “Wildness”, USA“Past, current and future research at Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute” – ALWRI scientists, USA“Status of wilderness worldwide” – Vance Martin, President at The WILD Foundation and Chair of the Wilderness Specialist Group of IUCN, USA
18:00 – 18:30“Protecting Ecuador´s Wildlife” – Lorena Cordova, Jocotoco Ecuador“Fish and Wildlife Management in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, Colorado, USA” – Tobias Nickel, Wilderness Fellow, USA“The future of US Wilderness” – Authors of the book “Wildness”, USA“Transitioning Wildlife Management from Reactive Conflict Control to Proactive Coexistence” – Suzanne Asha Stone, Arian Wallach and Louise Boronyak, The Wildlife Coexistence Network“WISDOM: effective wilderness ranger public contact” – Ralph Swain, The WILD Foundation, USA
18:30 – 19:00“Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan” – Deborah January-Bevers, president & CEO at Houston Wilderness, USA“Fish and Wildlife Management in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, Colorado, USA” – Tobias Nickel, Wilderness Fellow, USABreak BreakBreak
19:00 – 19:30Documentary “The meaning of Wild” – Ben Hamilton, director, USA“Barriers to capturing mass public attention and enthusiasm for wilderness” – Amy Lewis, Vice President, Policy and Communications at The WILD Foundation, USA“Flagship species in threatened areas” – Marc Dragiewicz, Eyes of the World Films, USA
19:30 – 20:00Discussion with Ben Hamilton, “The meaning of Wild” director, USA“75-years of wildlife science at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station” – Patrick Moldowan, CanadaClosing session: Thank you for an amazing week! – Max A. E. Rossberg, John Hausdoerffer, Gao Shan and Geoff Law
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