Wilderness Specialist Group

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The Wilderness Specialist Group  (WSG) is organized under the auspices of the World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Originally initiated by WILD as a WCPA ‘Task Force’ in 2003, it was  recognized as a permanent ‘Specialist Group’ in 2009.  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; creating the best global wilderness policy; and serving as a liaison 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 secretariat services for the WSG.

In 2016 the Wilderness Specialist Group produced “Wilderness Protected Areas: Management Guidelines for IUCN Category 1b Protected Areas”. These guidelines were launched at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Wilderness Specialist Group is Chaired by Vance G Martin, President of the WILD Foundation, and Managed by Sarah Casson.

Questions regarding the WSG forum site? Contact sarah (at) wild.org with the subject “Wilderness Specialist Group”