2018 in Review: What we did for wilderness
Letter from the President
We live in undeniably challenging times, for people and the natural world upon which we depend. Nevertheless, my faith in positive change has never been stronger. Why? Because the world is full of courageous people who are confronting these challenges head on, and with strength of character, acting decisively to make the world a better, wilder, healthier place.
It is my great pride to work with some of these amazing people at the WILD Foundation. Our 2017-2018 annual report is as much a testament to their commitment and determination as it is a statement of our progress in defense of an abundantly wild planet.
It’s evidence, also, of your conviction, for all of our work belongs absolutely as much to our supporters as it does to our staff and associates. Thank you.
In acknowledgement of the obstacles we face and the strength we draw upon to overcome these difficulties, WILD’s staff has chosen the following phrase to inspire them throughout the year: “We persist so that nature prevails.” I’m hard-pressed to find a more apt summation of our resolve to forge a right relationship with nature, which is why this phrase is the theme of WILD’s 2018 year-end campaign. Learn more in our campaign video below.
I am pleased to announce that, despite the odds, 2018 has seen some extraordinary gains for wilderness and people. Some of these you will find in the following updates, proving once again that what can seem like an impossible destination becomes, over time, not so daunting if we simply begin by putting one foot in front of the other.
Thank you for joining me and WILD on this journey. Earth is wilder because of you.
Yours in gratitude and persistence,
Vance G. Martin
President, WILD Foundation
In the northwest part of the district of Quito, in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world, lies the Mashpi Reserve. A known bird watching paradise, the Mashpi community provides a sense of symbiosis between human and nature. However, despite the promise that Mashpi brings, a glaring problem persists: the government fails to prioritize its waste recollection services. Esteban Barriga, an EXCELerator 2021 alumnus, saw this and how the waste management issue has affected the Mashpi community, and decided to do something about it.
The recently concluded COP15 is a historic event, and it has given us much to think about. The gathering of world leaders and conservation actors has resulted in the drafting of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). This is a landmark deal indeed, as it gives us a framework on how to move forward in the protection and conservation of the planet’s biodiversity. However, while we acknowledge the significance of such a feat, we are also aware of its pitfalls.
As of January 1, 2023, Vance G. Martin has stepped back from his role as the leader of WILD. Read more about what’s coming next for WILD.