Accomplishments of the 1st World Wilderness Congress
1st World Wilderness Congress -Held in October, 1977, in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 2,500 delegates from 27 countries. Proceedings: Voices of the Wilderness, edited by Ian Player and published by Jonathan Ball, 1978. Outcomes:
- Introduced the wilderness concept as an international issue of importance, whereas formerly it had been only an issue of Western cultures.
- Presented programs for integrating cultures and races around the world in nature conservation.
- Incorporated economics and banking for the first time as major issues on the conservation agenda.
- Presented the largest exhibition of conservation art ever held to date in Africa.
- Prompted production of major BBC film, Zululand Wilderness: The Black Umfolozi Rediscovered.
See the original program, signed by featured speakers/participants (Download PDF):