About Wild Heritage

Our Mission

To protect primary forests, restore degraded forests and safeguard biocultural diversity around the world.

Our Focus

Primary forest protection, protected areas and ecological restoration.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

CYRIL KORMOS, Founder / Executive Director

Cyril is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of Earth Island Institute. He also serves as IUCN-WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, is a member of IUCN’s World Heritage Panel and chairs the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network. Cyril is also a co-founder and coordinator of the Primary Forest Alliance. He also serves as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Primary Forest Task Team and of the Griffith University Primary Forests and Climate Change Research Projects and is a trustee of Wild Europe. He was a Lui-Walton Innovator’s Fellow at Conservation International from 2016-2018 and became a National Geographic Explorer in 2018. 

Cyril has edited several books, including A Handbook on International Wilderness Law and Policy (Fulcrum Publishing) and three books in the CEMEX Nature Series: Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage, A Geography of Hope: Saving Primary Forests and Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change. He has also published extensively in scientific and policy journals. 

Prior to Wild Heritage, Cyril was Vice President for Policy at the WILD Foundation, and before WILD, was Senior Director for Program Management in the President’s Office at Conservation International.

Cyril holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Cyril was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management in 2015-2016.

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Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is Chief Scientist at Wild Heritage, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section. He is an internationally renowned author of >300 peer-reviewed papers and 9 award-winning books on forests, climate change, endangered species, and speaking truth to power. Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks at academic conferences, the United Nations (UN) Earth Summit, and numerous international climate change and biodiversity summits. He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” several PBS documentaries and even Fox News! Dominick has served on several committees, including White House Council task forces on forests and the Oregon’s Global Warming Commission carbon task force reporting to the governor. He is editor of numerous scientific journals. Dominick is motivated by his work to leave a living planet for his 2 daughters, 4 grandkids and all those that follow.

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A Scientist Who Cares

Contact Dominick
Email: dominick@wild-heritage.org
Call: (541) 621-7223

DR. KAIA AFRICANIS, Conservation Science Coordinator

Dr. Kaia Africanis is Conservation Science Coordinator at Wild Heritage, where she coordinates diverse NGO partners in formulating conservation strategies, campaign planning, and implementation. She focuses on ecoregional conservation assessments for regional partners working to protect regions in the Western U.S. from logging of large trees and mature forests.

Kaia has success leading international research studies on endangered species in Africa, and large-scale interdisciplinary ecological and wildfire projects in the Western U.S. She examined the impacts of climate change on Alaska’s arctic tundra ecosystems. Her research has also focused on social science concepts as applied to natural resources, such as norms, value orientations, attitudes, risk, and trust. Kaia holds a Ph.D. from Oregon State University’s College of Forestry.

Contact Kaia
Email: kaia@wild-heritage.org
Call: (307) 359-8663

“Polite conservationists leave no mark save the scars upon the Earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground.”  David Brower

Our Partners

Wild Heritage is based in Berkeley, California and is a project of Earth Island Institute (EII), a 501(c)(3) organization (i.e. a charitable, not for profit organization), which provides fiscal sponsorship to conservationists around the world.

Wild Heritage
PO Box 9451
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 862-5359

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