Working Together for "A Wilder China"

Integrating wilderness into China’s national framework policy of “Ecocivilization”

Pallas cat © Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China

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:

One aspect of ‘A Wilder China” was the 11th World Wilderness Congress

WILD11 was originally approved and planning had begun in China, to convene in late 2019. In early 2019 WILD was asked to postpone these plans until sometime after the major meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (Convention of Parties, or COP15) in late 2020, in China. As a result, negotiations are underway for another venue for WILD11.