October 4-10, 2013
ASOC attended the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10): the world’s longest-running, public conservation project and environmental forum.
WILD10 passed an ASOC-sponsored resolution on Antarctica: “The Antarctic Treaty Area as a Contiguous Wilderness Area.” We also passed a resolution that calls for proactive action to limit the expansion of the human footprint in order to protect the Antarctic wilderness.
Over 1000 delegates from more than 65 nations attended the 2013 Wilderness Congress, including conservationists, scientists, government officials, Indigenous leaders, artists and members of the public. Our outcomes here provide a strong foundation for our ongoing advocacy work for the protection of wilderness values within the Antarctic Treaty System.
At the conclusion of the conference, Vance G. Martin (WILD10 co-chair and President of The WILD Foundation) reflected that “not only has WILD10 produced good conservation outcomes, practical and realistic, we’ve generated a sense of hope, inspiration and cooperation – the very elements that our world needs to have a new relationship with nature and between nations”.