About Wild Heritage

Our Mission:  

Wild Heritage works to safeguard ecological integrity around the world.

We focus on:

  • Advocating for primary forest protection; and
  • Protecting wilderness, in particular by leveraging the World Heritage Convention.

Wild Heritage is a project of Earth Island Institute

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


Our Partners:

Wild Heritage
Founder / Executive Director

Cyril Kormos

Cyril’s Bio:

Cyril is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of the Earth Island Institute. He serves as IUCN-WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, sits on IUCN’s World Heritage Panel and chairs the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network. He is also a Senior Policy Advisor at the WILD Foundation, a Senior Advisor to WILD11: The 11th World Wilderness Congress and an Advisor to Nature Needs Half. He was named a Lui-Walton Innovator’s Fellow at Conservation International in 2016. Cyril also serves as a member of Project Drawdown’s Scientific Advisory Board, a member of Treesisters’ Advisory Board and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Primary Forest Task Team. Cyril is also a co-founder of, and on the Steering Committee for: IntAct: International Action for Primary Forests. Cyril became a National Geographic Explorer in 2018.

Cyril has edited several books, including A Handbook on International Wilderness Law and Policy (Fulcrum Publishing) and two books in the CEMEX Nature Series: Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage and A Geography of Hope: Saving Primary Forests. 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.