Wilderness Specialist Group
The Wilderness Specialist Group is organized under the auspices of the World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Founded by WILD originally as a ‘Task Force’ in 2003 and recognized a permanent ‘Specialist Group’ in 2009, the WSG was originally co-chaired by Vance Martin, President of The WILD Foundation and Khulani Mkhize, CEO of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in South Africa. Following the sad passing-away of Khulani, Vance is currently the Chair and the Co-Chair position is under review.
The objectives of the WSG include promoting research and discussion on the importance of wilderness, integrating wilderness into the WCPA protected area guidelines and publications, and serving as a liason between IUCN-WCPA and the World Wilderness Congress.
In an effort to enhance the worldwide wilderness community and fulfill the mission of the Wilderness Specialist Group, WILD provides secretarial services for the WSG. In 2014, a survey of WCPA members is being done to update the WSG members list. A meeting of the WSG will occur at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, November 2014.
Questions regarding the WSG forum site? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Wilderness Specialist Group”