Global Intergovernmental Forum on Wilderness

Global Intergovernmental Forum on Wilderness

2-3 October 2013

[With a field trip to Tajo-Tejo International Park, 7 October 2013]

Nature Conservation in a Changing World:
Transboundary and Public-Private Partnerships for Land and Seascape Approaches to Ecosystem Conservation

> View the full GIFW report here

For the third time in the history of the World Wilderness Congress (WWC), the main event will be preceded by a Global Intergovernmental Forum on Wilderness (GIFW), the primary aim of which is to stimulate an informal exchange of ideas and experiences to foster a stronger agenda for the conservation of nature worldwide.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not registered yet, Separate registration for the Intergovernmental Forum is required. Questions may be directed to Austin Perez, WILD10 staff –

Host – Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Government of Spain (MAGRAMA)

Site – Plenary program venue is the Salón de Pinturas in the Colegio Fonseca building and workshop break out rooms are in the Hospedería Fonseca building (adjacent to the Colegio de Fonseca building) in Salamanca, Spain.


  • Guillermina Yanguas MonteroDirector General of Quality & Environmental Assessment & Natural Environment, MAGRAMA (Spain)
  • Mary Wagner, Associate Chief,  Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture (United States)
  • Carl RountreeAssistant Director for National Landscape Conservation System & Community Partnerships, US Bureau of Land Management, US Department of Interior (United States)

Participants – Representatives of national, state/provincial and local government agencies, and tribal/indigenous governments.

Facilitators – Araceli Gozalo Delgado (MAGRAMA) and Julie Anton Randall (The WILD Foundation)

Logistics – Isabel Lorenzo Iñigo (MAGRAMA) and Austin Perez (The WILD Foundation)

Objectives – To create an informal exchange of visions and experiences in achieving conservation goals that enables government entities to envision and initiate new conservation strategies through transboundary and public-private partnerships, with a focus on:

  • Working across jurisdictional borders and at the land and sea-scape level.
  • Involving various types of landowners – private land owners (including individuals, land trusts, and corporations), communities, and Indigenous groups.
  • Applying new and innovative fiscal/legal and financial instruments through public-private partnerships.
  • Specific wilderness and wild/water management tools.
  • Exploring common challenges to wilderness addressing contemporary social issues that arise from changing demographics and need to diversify conservation constituencies and for skills development in upcoming generations of conservation professionals.


  • Government leaders and representatives from around the world equipped with new tools for understanding, strategizing on, and developing transboundary conservation and public-private partnerships.
  • Informal interactive network of technical and policy experts on “Transboundary and Public-Private Partnerships for Wilderness Conservation and Restoration” established and activated.
  • Summary proceedings, capturing key note presentations, leader roundtables, conservation models presented/ analyzed, primary workshop conclusions, and recommendations conceived through dialogue and exchange of ideas.
  • Commitments to action captured in summary proceedings used as input to upcoming global events (e.g., World Parks Congress; proposed International Year for Wilderness).
  • Compilation of case studies that describe an ecosystem conservation problem or threat; the partners and the process used to establish the partnership (including legal instruments); actions carried out by the partners, impact of these actions on threats, and accomplishments in terms of ecological, economic and social benefits; lessons learned; and future actions planned.

Activities – The GIFW is a combination of plenary, roundtable, and breakout sessions designed to stimulate the trans-government and continental exchange of experiences and evolution of cross-jurisdictional solutions.  For each chosen topic, government entities provide input through presenters and interactive discussions.  Presenters use high-quality visuals and stories of stakeholder engagement to bring their messages to life on stage.




WEDNESDAY, 2 October 2013

Location:  Salón de Pinturas, Colegio Fonseca

9:00 AM           WELCOME

Miguel Aymerich Huyghues-DespointesDeputy Director for Nature, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Spain)
Mary WagnerU.S. Forest Service (United States)
Carl RountreeU.S. Bureau of Land Management (United States)


9:15 AM           OPENING KEYNOTE

The Landscape As A Meeting Point Between Conservation & Development – The Example Of The Mountains
Eduardo Martínez de PisónMinistry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Spain)



Changing Climate
Raquel Garza, Head of Technical Services, Adaptation Strategies Area, Spanish of Climate Change (Spain)
Taghi Farvar, Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran; Chair of the Board, Center for Sustainable Development & Environment; and President, Indigenous Peoples’ & Community Conserved Areas (ICCA) Consortium

Urban and Rural Development
Bas Roels, Strategic Policy Advisor, Directorate-General for Nature & Regional Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs (The Netherlands)
Cathy GeraghtyDirector of External & Strategic Initiatives, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois (United States)

Legacy Disturbances
Tashka Yawanawa, Coordinator, Yawanawa Sociocultural Association; Chief of the Yawanawa People (Yawanawa; Brazil)

Extreme Natural Events & Disasters
Gary Machlis, Co-Leader, US Department of the Interior Strategic Sciences Group (United States)


11:45 AM          Hosted Coffee Break


12:15 PM          Government Leader Roundtable on Stressors on the Natural Environment 

Co-Moderators:  Miguel Aymerich Huyghues-Despointes and Mary Wagner

Co-Chairs invite government leaders in the Forum to describe natural environmental stressors in their territories, followed by questions and debate with the GIFW participants.


1:30 PM           Lunch Break (on own)



Each of the workshop moderators will provide an introduction, followed by examples offered by delegates.
Moderators will then raise some questions or topics for discussion by all Forum participants.

 Workshop One – Changing Climate
Location:  Aula 2.3, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, US Forest Service

Workshop Two – Urban and Rural Development
Location:  Aula 2.6, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – Leanne Marten, Director of Wilderness & Wild & Scenic Rivers, US Forest Service

Workshop Three – Legacy Disturbances
Location:  Aula 2.7, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – Dr. Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, Global Coordinator, ICCA Consortium 


5:00 PM           Conclusion of GIFW Day One


Thursday, 3 October 2013


Location:  Salón de Pinturas, Colegio Fonseca

9:00 AM           Europe

Enrique Julián Fuentes, Director-General of Environment, Council for Agriculture, Rural Development & Environment, Government of Extremadura (Spain) – International Park Tajo-Tejo
Francisco Cantos, Head of Technical Services of Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, Spanish National Parks Agency (OAPN) – International Park Tajo-Tejo
Sr. “Eng” Sofia Castel-Branco Silveira, Member of the Board of Directors of Nature and Forests Conservation Institute (ICNF) – International Park Tajo-Tejo

The Americas and the Caribbean
Alan LatourelleCEO, Parks Canada (Canada) – North American MOU on Wilderness & Protected Areas Conservation (NAWPA)
Terry Tanner, Wildland Recreation Work Project Coordinator, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Natural Resources Department – Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness (CSKT; United States)

Nzioki Wa Makau, Kenya High Court Justice (Kenya)

Bittu Sahgal, Member, Advisory Panel to High Court of India (India)

The Mediterranean
Patrick van Klaveren, Monaco Ambassador to Spain (Principality of Monaco)

The Arctic
Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, US Fish and Wildlife Service (United States)

Melissa George, Chair, Australian Government Indigenous Advisory Committee (Wulgurukaba People; Australia)


12:00 PM          Hosted Coffee Break



Workshop One – Europe Region
Location:  Aula 2.3, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – Marta Múgica de la Guerra, Technical Office, EUROPARC-Spain

Europe Case #1 – Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and the Ukraine)
Jose Pedro Tavares, Black Vulture Conservation Fund (Switzerland)

Europe Case #2 – Oulanka-Paanajärvi Transboundary Area – Great Northern European Wilderness Area (Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia)
Arto Ahokumpu, Development Director (Metsähallitus) Natural Heritage Services (Finland)

Other Europe Cases – Other participants welcome to present relevant case studies.

Workshop Two – The Americas & Caribbean Region
Location:  Aula 2.5, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – Leanne MartenU.S. Forest Service (United States)

Americas & Caribbean Case #1:  Leanne MartenU.S. Forest Service (United States)

Other Americas and Caribbean Cases – Other participants welcome to present relevant case studies.

Workshop Three – Africa Region
Location:  Aula 2.6, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – Chris Weaver, World Wildlife Fund-Nambia

Africa Case #1:  Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) in Southern Africa– Chris Weaver, World Wildlife Fund-Nambia

Other Africa Cases – Other participants welcome to present relevant case studies.

Workshop Four – Asia & Middle East Region
Location:  Aula 2.7, Hospederia Building adjoining Colegio Fonseca
Workshop Moderator – TBC

Asia & Middle East Case Studies – Participants welcome to present relevant case studies.


1:30 PM           Lunch Break (on own)



Location:  Salón de Pinturas, Colegio Fonseca

Moderator – Mary Wagner, GIFW Co-Chair

Topical and regional workshop moderators report on key insights gained from workshop sessions and deliver recommendations for identifying conclusions generated in the Forum.



Moderators – Miguel Aymerich Huyghues-Despointes & Mary Wagner, GIFW Co-Chairs

In gaining and applying knowledge throughout the GIFW, participants, facilitated by the Co-Chairs, will dialogue to form conclusions and recommendations from the overall Forum for presentation on the WILD10 Global Gathering platform.


5:00 PM           Closing Plenary Presentation – Transfrontier Conservation

Guillermina Yanguas MonteroGIFW Co-Chair


5:30 PM           Conclusion of GIFW Day Two


MONDAY, 7 October 2013



Registered GIFW participants are invited to join this day-long field trip.  Group transportation departs Palacio de Congresos at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 8:00 PM.  Contact for more information and to confirm your participation.