A few good days in Barcelona

Everything is relatively quiet right now…but I’m positive that very soon it will not be so.  This evening (Sunday evening, Barcelona time), is the official opening ceremony of the 4th IUCN World Conservation Congress.  Over the past few days, attendees have been arriving in Barcelona, getting settled, attending preliminary meetings and preparing for the week of meetings, events, forums, workshops, etc. 

Yesterday, after just arriving in Barcelona (a long haul from Boulder, Colo), I was swept away to a meeting of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), of which The WILD Foundation is member.  The meeting proved to be an astounding “who’s who” on the international wilderness scene!  Following the meeting, the WCPA hosted a delicous dinner, with a lively book give away. 

This morning, the WILD team was up early, ready for another big day.  Currently, the WILD 9 Executive Committee is meeting, gathering thoughts, ideas and contacts for WILD 9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress.  There is much to be excited about!

We are all looking forward to the Parade of Boats, opening ceremony and concert by the renowned Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, which began at noon today and is ongoing until 9pm tonight.  Tomorrow is a busy day, with the expo center opening and, in the evening, our event to officially launch WILD 9.  More updates soon!

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