Protecting our wilderness legacy
to safeguard our future
photo: Cristina Mittermeier
Wild Heritage works to safeguard ecosystem integrity around the world by:
Advocating for primary forest protection; and,
Protecting wilderness, in particular via the World Heritage Convention.
Saving Primary Forests
Wilderness and World Heritage
photo: Jaime Rojo
There's still time...if we act now!
The news on the global environment is alarming: the planet is warming, species are going extinct, wildlife populations are crashing, and wild areas are shrinking. Given projections for 25 million kilometers of new roads by 2050 (enough to circle the planet 600 times!), it will likely get worse before it gets better.
But we can still opt for a healthier, saner planet by protecting our remaining wilderness areas, including primary ("old growth") forests, and by restoring degraded lands. Both are essential to solve the climate change and species extinction crises - and for human well-being everywhere.
And both are feasible, if we act now. It will require "flipping" incentives. Rather than subsidizing destruction with hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel and agriculture subsidies annually (burning forests as bioenergy or logging primary forests makes no sense!) we need to fund protected areas, support community and indigenous conservation, recognize community and indigenous rights, and provide incentives for private conservation. Wild Heritage is working to enable this change.
- Cyril Kormos, Founder/Executive Director Wild Heritage
News & Announcements
Wild Heritage and partners advocate for recognition of primary forests at the UN Convention on Biodiversity.
Listen to the Project Drawdown podcast with Cyril Kormos (Project Drawdown Advisor) and Mamta Mehra (Project Drawdown Senior Fellow) on land use, forests and climate change.
A new report from the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA) highlights the importance of primary forests in climate change mitigation.