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One of the central goals of A Wilder China, our collaborative initiative with Chinese colleagues, is to integrate wilderness into China’s national framework policy of “Ecocivilization” — an important China policy with global implications. Through this, we will strengthen the knowledge that wilderness areas – places where nature can exist, thrive, and develop with minimal human interference – are an essential component of addressing climate change; a necessity for human health, prosperity, and spirit; and essential for the well-being of all life.
Creating policy support for China’s leaders
A Wilder China has been yielding results through collaboration between WILD and Chinese colleagues committed to wilderness. Just a few of these initial elements for an eventual policy framework for China’s leadership are:
- The first peer-reviewed journal themed on wilderness, China Journal of Landscape Architecture, June 2017: Rui Yang editorial and Vance G. Martin article
- The first China Wilderness Inventory , published in China Journal of Landscape Architecture in June 2017,
- English language publication of the China Wilderness Inventory in August 2018 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness.
- Popular article on wilderness in the first edition of the first publication in China dedicated to “Eco-civilization”
- An active, core member of the International Advisory Committee of EcoForum Global, the only annual, national convention of China’s leaders in sustainability and Eco-civilization, with which WILD has a results-oriented Memorandum of Understanding
- A peer-reviewed article on the possibility of Nature Needs Half, and the need for more wilderness and other protected areas in China. See the English summary on page 11 of this article >