The Global Gathering

The Global Gathering (Plenary)


4-5-6 October 2013

(Draft plenary program topics and speakers, updated 5 September 2013- subject to change)


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Welcome to the Global Gathering of WILD10. These are three, very full days of high-caliber substance, and positive, practical solutions…with a great cultural program!   Drawing from the best of both the host Latin culture and the US/Northern Europe…we will start early AND end late…with some breaks for refreshments and lunch about 130p.   These plenary sessions will be short, visual, and fast moving,  summarizing the very many conservation solutions globally that are making the world a wilder place. Most of them will direct delegates to the more detailed discussions and workshops in the Global Forum working sessions (8-9-10 October)

Location: Palacio Congresos y Exposiciones de Castilla y Leon The WILD10 Congress plenary sessions will be held at the Palacio de Congresos in central Salamanca. The facility houses three main areas – the Congress site itself, the Exhibition Hall, and the outdoor Grandstand, all situated around a plaza that provides independent access to each area. > View locationThe main auditorium comfortably seats 1065 delegates and offers state of the art projection and audio-visual equipment, providing a comfortable and professional environment.  Comfortable overflow space for video feeds are available. Modern amenities including broadband wireless Internet, a cafeteria, translation booths, and an array of multi-purpose rooms, all contained under one roof in the heart of historic, central Salamanca.



Program note —   We have a very full and substantial agenda. The purpose of the Global Gathering (plenary sessions) is to move quickly, summarize many different positive models and solutions, and direct delegates to more detailed working sessions during the Global Forum, 8-9-10 October. Presenters will be available in the press room for discussion, after the each session ends.

0900-1045       OPENING CEREMONIES 

  • Welcome: Vance G.  Martin (President, The WILD Foundation; Co-Chairperson, WILD10)
  • Traditional Blessing  — Julie Cajune (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana, USA); Tashka Yawanawa (Chief, Yawanawa, Brazil)
  • From WILD9 to WILD10 – Introductory Video by Morgan Heim
  • From Mexico to Spain — Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, [Chairman, WILD9; Director, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC-MEXUS)]
  • Welcome and Overview: Odile Rodríquez de la Fuente and Magnus Sylvén, Co-Chairpersons, WILD10
  • Introduction of  WILD10 Ambassadors
  • Welcome and appreciation to all those who hiked “The Trail to Salamanca”
    Brief comments by invited guests, including:
  • Mr Alfonso Fernandez Manueco; Mayor of Salamanca
  • His Excellency Mr. Federico Ramos, Secretary of State for the Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain; & President of the UNEP  Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum  [GCSS-12/GMEF])
  • His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco (video greeting) — introduced by HE Patrick van Klaveren, Ambassador of Monaco to Spain
  • Andrew Muir, South Africa (CEO, Wilderness Foundation;  Laureate, Rolex Award for Enterprise; Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Schwab Foundation)
  • Dr Ian Player, DMS,  South Africa (Founder, World Wilderness Congress)   (video welcome)
  • The Global Conservation Trail — From the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea  (IUCN, 2012) to WILD10 in Salamanca (2013):  Ernesto Enkerlin, Mexico  (Chairman, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN)
  • From the City to the Wilderness:  Johan van de Gronden (Director, World Wide Fund for Nature, Netherlands)
  • The Wild Nature of Spain  (audio visual by AEFONA, Spain)

1045-1115      Refreshments (“on your own”)

MAKING THE WORLD A WILDER PLACE   Day Chairperson — Magnus Sylvén

1115-1245  Europe — A Century of Nature Conservation

Session Chair: Ladislav Miko (LM, DDG of SANCO; former Director of Biodiversity, DG Environment-European Commission, former Minister of Environment, Czech Republic)

  • The European Commission: Janez Potočnik (European Commissioner for the Environment (Video); & Angelo Salsi (Directorate General Environment; Head, Life Nature Unit)
  • The Council of Europe: Eladio Galliano (Head, Biological Diversity Unit)
  • Creating Wilderness in the Swiss AlpsFrom Vision in 1914 to Reality in 2014: Ruedi Haller (Head of Research & Geo-Information Dept, Swiss National Parks)
  • Wilderness Initiatives in Austria: Viktoria Hasler (Deputy Head, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Division for Nature Protection, National Parks & CITES)
  • Europe’s Wildlife is Coming Back: Richard Grimmett (Director of Conservation, BirdLife International) & Monika Bohm (Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London)    [A Rewilding Europe/WILD10 Launch and Presentation to the European Commission and Council of Europe]
  • Making Europe a Wilder Place: Frans Schepers (Managing Director,
    Rewilding Europe)

1245-1400       Lunch

1400-1500       Europe (cont.)

  • European Wilderness  — Where From, Where Now, Where To? Toby Aykroyd (Wild Europe, UK); Zoltan Kun (CEO, PAN Parks, Hungary); & Steve Carver (Director, Wildland Research Institute, Dept. of Geography, University of Leeds, UK)
  • Alps to Iberia — The Great Mountain Corridor: Miquel Rafa Fornieles (Fundació Catalunya- La Pedrera) & Carlos Sanchez (President & Director, Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre, Spain)
  • A Vision for a Wilder Europe  — Saving Our Wilderness, Rewilding Nature, and Allowing Wildlife to Return. For All:    Christof Schenk (Managing Director, Frankfurt Zoological Society   [A WILD10 Launch and Presentation to European Commission & Council of Europe] 

1500-1615    Nature Needs Half — A Practical Vision for Planet and People

  • Nature Needs Half is a New Relationship With Nature
    …and, an NNH example in Action—The Flathead Valley, USA and Canada
  • Large Land and Seascapes—The Status: Russell Mittermeier, USA (President, Conservation International)
  • Connectivity The Need and the Practice:  A short film by James Brundige  (First Light Films, USA)
  • For People and Planet — A Global Look at Nature Needs Half: Steve Carver (Director, Wildland Research Institute, Dept. of Geography, University of Leeds, UK)
  • Space for Nature: a short film by the Zoological Society of London, introduced by Noëlle Kümpel  (Policy Programme Manager, ZSL)

1615-1645    Refreshments

1645-1745       The Waters

  • The Living Ocean – -video message from His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz
  • Marine Wilderness: Exequiel Ezcurra, Mexico (Director, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States-UC-MEXUS)
  • Ocean Wilderness and Indigenous Rights:  California’s Marine Protected Areas
    • Hawk Rosales (Executive Director, InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council)
    • Shawn Padi (Chairman, Hopland Tribe; Member, InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council)
    • Briannon Fraley (Tribal Citizen and Self Governance Director, Smith River Rancheria)
    • Kaitilin Gaffney (Attorney, Ocean and Coastal Program, Resources Law Group, LLP)
    • Stewards of the Wild Seas—short film from The Baum Foundation and Coyote Films
  • Lake Baikal – Protected Lands and Waters: Natasha Luzhkova, Russia (V. B. Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS)
  • Proyecto LIFE+ Indemares: Sonia Castañeda, Spain (Directora, Fundación Biodiversidad, Spain)

1745-1900       The Lands

Session Chair: Mary Wagner, USA (Associate Chief, USDA Forest Service; Co-Chair Global Intergovernmental Forum on Wilderness)

  • North American Cooperation on Wilderness and other Protected Areas: James Kurth (Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, US Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Connectivity at a Continental Scale: Robert Debus (Former Minister, Australia, & for Environment, NSW; Chair, Advisory Group for National Wildlife Corridor)
  • The Serengeti Legacy: Meyasi Meshilieck Mollel (Director, Serengeti Preservation Council) introduced by Boyd Norton (Photographer; Co-Founder, Serengeti Watch)
  • A Vision for the Arctic and Wilderness Today: 20 Years After WILD5 in Tromsø: Peter Prokosch, (Director, GRID-Arendal)
  • To The Arctic – A Visual Presentation by Florian Schulz (Wildlife and Conservation Photographer)

1900-1930       The Climate

  • Addressing Climate Change through National Parks: Jon Jarvis, video (Director, US National Parks Service, USA)
  • Chasing Ice: A short film on the award-winning documentary, introduced by Jeff Orlowski, Producer and Director
  • Climate Change – -A Personal Story:  with Jim Balog (Conservation Photographer) on live video link

1930–1945        EnArbolar—The Big Trees

The project and exhibition premiere, introduced by Odile Rodríquez de la Fuente (Founder, CEO, Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, Spain) & a representative of Diputación de Valencia

2000    Opening of EnArbolar exhibition, Sala de Exposiciones




Day Chairperson:  Odile Rodríquez de la Fuente

Program note —   We have a very full and substantial agenda. The purpose of the Global Gathering (plenary sessions) is to move quickly, summarize many different positive models and solutions, and direct delegates to more detailed working sessions during the Global Forum, 8-9-10 October. Presenters will be available in the press room for discussion, after the each session ends.

0900–1015           Indigenous and Community Lands And Seas (ICLS) — Working Together For Biocultural Resilience    CoChairs: Terry Tanner, USA (Wildland Recreation Work Project Coordinator, CSKT Natural Resources Department: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana) & Sharon Shay Sloan, USA (Program Director, ICLS, The WILD Foundation)

  • What kind of society do we want to build? — Putting indigenous people in the driving seat to ensure development reinforces their values, their culture and their law: Wayne Bergman & Nykina Mangala (Traditional Owner; CEO, KRED Enterprises; Kimberley Australia)
  • Protecting Sacred Natural Sites, Indigenous Territories, World Heritage Sites and Protected Area in the Face of Mounting Pressures: Mining, Extractive Industries and Industrial Development: Liz Hosken (The Gaia Foundation, UK/South Africa)Nnimmo Bassey video (Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria);  Nigel Crawhall  (IUCN, TILCEPA, South Africa)
  • Greater Laponia – Partnering to Protect Culture and Nature in Sweden: Lars-Anders Baer (Swedish Sami Parliament) & Ulf Lovén (General Secretary, Swedish Ecotourism Society)
  • Introducing Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs) -The ICCA Consortium  (live video link)

1015-1050       New Constituencies — Inspiring, Informing, and Empowering 

Session Chair: Karl Wagner  (Communications Director, Club of Rome & WILD10)

1. The WILD Cities Movement: Introduced by Julie Randall, USA (Vice President for Government Relations, The WILD Foundation)

  • Chicago Wilderness: A Metropolitan Alliance for the Conservation of Nature: Cathy Geraghty (Director of Strategic Initiatives, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Illinois, USA)

2.  CoalitionWILD: A Movement of Rising Leaders to Create a Wilder World: D. Simon Jackson (Canada; Co-Director, Coalition WILD; Founder, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition; Trustee, The WILD Foundation); Crista Valentino & Jon Mobeck (The Murie Center, USA) [A WILD10 Initiative Launch]  

1050-1120       Refreshments

1120-1300       New Constituencies — Inspiring, Informing, and Empowering

Session Chair: Mike Wong (Executive Director, Natural Resource Conservation, Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation Directorate, Parks Canada)

3.  Inspiring a New Generation:
Panel: Alan Latourelle (CEO, Parks Canada); Nancy Colleton (Deputy Chair of the IUCN CEC); D. Simon Jackson (Co-Director, Coalition WILD; Founder, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, Canada); Sally Barnes (Chief Executive, Office of Environment and Heritage, Government of New South Wales, Australia) and others.

4.  Engaging People in Wilderness and Rewilding

  • A video message from HRH The Prince of Wales in support of a wilder world, on the occasion of the 10th World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain.  Recorded at St James’s Palace, on 9th September 2013.
  • The John Muir Award: Changing Attitudes and Lives by Connecting People and Wild Places: Stuart Brooks (CEO) & Rob Bushby (The John Muir Trust, Scotland)
  • The Scottish Highlands: People and Rewilding: Alan Watson Featherstone (Founder, Trees for Life, Scotland)

5The Rewilding 10 – Making it Real: Staffan Widstrand (Rewilding Europe, Sweden) [A Rewilding Europe/WILD10 Launch Initiative]

1300-1415                   Lunch

1415-1500                   Wilderness in Law and Practice

  • 2014 — 50th Anniversary of the US Wilderness Act: Vicky Hoover (Sierra Club, USA)
  • The Wilderness Act, Finland  – A Successful Tool to Conserve the North Together with People:  Arto Ahokumpu (Metsähallitus)
  • The Green Heart of Europe: Costel Bucur (Danube Carpathian Programme, WWF)

1500-1545       Developing Leadership — The Social Benefits of Wilderness

 Session Chair: Joanne Roberts (CEO, Wilderness Foundation, UK)

  • Turnaround Program:   Courtnie Reeve (Wilderness Foundation, UK)
  • Nature-based Interventions for Sustainable Livelihoods: Pinky Kondlo, (Director, Social Programs, Wilderness Foundation, South Africa)
  • Connecting Cultures- The University of the Desert: Mark Evans (CEO, Outward Bound, Oman) with Martin Wauligmann & Hiba Al Hejazi

1545-1615       Refreshments

1615-1715       Nature and Wildness — Engagement Through Culture   

Session Chair: Her Excellency, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak (Secretary General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi)

  • Wildlife Art: Then and Now – Adam Duncan Harris (Chief Curator, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, USA)
  • Urban Wildness–Wall and Graffiti Art: Boa Mistura (Madrid, Spain)
  • La Pedrera & Gaudi: Lessons from Nature: Silvia Vilarroya Oliver (Curator of the Permanent Exhibition of La Predera, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Art and Conservation Activism: Asher Jay (Creative Conservationist, USA)

1715—1820    New Constituencies through Conservation Communications

  • Petabyte Planet; How Social & Mobile Media are Changing Our Ability to Make the World a WILDer Place: Trista Patterson (Resource Economist, Communications, USA)
  • Future Wild: Mobilizing a New Generation of Environmental Explorers and Activists: Yasser Ansari (Founder & CEO, Project Noah)
  • The Great Nature Project: John Francis (Vice President for Research, Conservation and Exploration, National Geographic Society, USA)
  • International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW)  The 5th WILD  Conservation Writing Award: Robert Baron (Founder; Fulcrum Publishing and ILCW)

1820    Wildlife in Europe: A Vital Part of Our Identity and Soul  (Audio Visual): Staffan Widstrand (Founder and Managing Director, Wild Wonders of Europe, Sweden)

1830-2030       Interlude….refresh yourself! 

2030-2230       A WILD Music Medley

  • Music of Ancient Iberia: Luis Paniagua, Spain
  • Bird, Whale, Bug: Music from Nature:  David Rothenberg, USA
  • Flamenco-fusion:  Raúl Cobo & Enriquito Sextet, Spain
  • The Hip Hop Guide to Wilderness…and Evolution:  Baba Brinkman, Canada






Program note —   We have a very full and substantial agenda. The purpose of the Global Gathering (plenary sessions) is to move quickly, summarize many different positive models and solutions, and direct delegates to more detailed working sessions during the Global Forum, 8-9-10 October. Presenters will be available in the press room for discussion, after the each session ends.

0900-1045 From Species To Spaces — Wildlife, Wild Nature and People

Session Chair:  Frederic Launay (Director General, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

  • The People’s Republic of China:
    • The Role of Tiger Rewilding & Reintroduction in Supplementing Wild Tiger Populations: Li Quan (Founding Director, China Tiger Revival)
    • Innovations and Practices of China Green Carbon Foundation: Li Nuyun (Deputy Director for Office of Climate Change, Peoples Republic of China)
    • China’s Effort to Protect Wildlife & CITES Implementation: Jianwei Chen (Deputy General Secretary China Wildlife Conservation Association; Professor, Peoples Republic of China)
  • Primary Forests—A Keystone Priority:  Charles Barber (Forest Chief, US Department of State)
  • Southern Africa:  
    • Wilderness, International Cooperation, and Peace – Kavango Zambezi: Werner Myburgh, (CEO, Peace Parks Foundation) & H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano (President, Mozambique)
    • Tracks of Giants: An Expedition for Conservation Across Southern Africa: Dr. Ian McCallum & Lihle Mbokazi (Wilderness Foundation and Wilderness Leadership School, South Africa) 

1045-1115       Should We Restore European Megafauna?   George Monbiot (Author; Environmental Journalist, UK)

1115-1145       Refreshments

1145-1300       Nature-Based Development – Investment, Business, and Wild Nature

  • A Nature-Based Society–The Basis for Health and Prosperity: Cormac Cullinan (South Africa)
  • Altyn Dala, the Serengeti of the NorthMitigating Economic Development for Large-Scale Wildlife Migration in Central Asia:   Ruslan Urazaliyev, Alyona Shmalenko, Vera Voronova, Michael Brombacher (Frankfurt Zoological Society)
  • What Does It Take To Be an Effective Business Model in Conservation? – Lessons from the Global Tiger Initiative: Andrey Kushlin (Program Manager, Global Tiger Initiative, The World Bank)
  • CARPATHIA – The Business of Changing a Managed Landscape Back Into Wilderness: Christoph Promberger, Barbara Promberger-Fuerpass, & Mihai Zotta (Romania)
  • The Business Case for The WILD–Private Entrepreneurship and Commercial Finance as Tools for Conserving Wildlands:  Giles Davies, (Conservation Capital, UK) [A Rewilding Europe/WILD10 Launch]

1300 –1430        Lunch

1430-1515          Hunting and Sustainability for Wilderness

Participants:  Melissa Simpson, USA (Director of Science-Based Conservation, Safari Club International Foundation); Tamas Marghescu, Hungary (CEO, International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, CIC); Terry Tanner, Montana, USA (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes); Juan Delibes de Castro, Spain (Director, Canal + Canal Caza y Pesca)

1515-1620 Community, Conservancies, and Conservation—From Africa and Asia, for Europe.  Session Chair: Bittu Sahgal, Founder, Sanctuary Asia

  • Community Conservancies in Namibia: Chris Weaver (CEO, World Wildlife Fund, Namibia) & Maxi Louis (Director, The Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Organizations-NACSO)
  • Tsavo East (Kenya): Stabilization through Conservation; Ian Saunders, (Director, Tsavo East Trust); Hon Justice Nzioki wa Makau; (Judge of the High Court, Kenya)
  • The Mali Desert Elephants—Community Conservation During Rebellion, War, and Global Terrorism: Susan Canney  (Director, The Mali Elephant Project, The WILD Foundation and International Conservation Fund of Canada) & Nomba Ganame, Mali (Field Manager, MEP)
  • Building Community Conservancies in Europe: Neil Birnie   (Rewilding Europe, Scotland)

1620-1700                   Refreshments

1700-1800       Protected Areas — A Necessity for Our Future

Session Chair:  Kriton Arsenis; Greece (Member of the European Parliament, RoadFree Initiative)

  • Vivek Menon (Executive Director, Wildlife Trust of India)
  • Bill Laurance (Distinguished Research Professor & Australian Laureate; Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation, James Cook University, Australia)
  • What Makes Protected Areas Effective in Conserving Biodiversity?:  Stephen Woodley (Canada Co-Chair, WCPA-SSC Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas, IUCN)
  • John Robinson (Vice President, Wildlife Conservation Society; Vice President, IUCN)
  • The Politics of Ensuring the Survival of Wildlands:  Concluding Comments by David Johns (Co-Founder & Board Member; The Wildlands Network; Adjunct Professor, Portland State University, USA)

1800-1845       Private Lands, Wilderness and Rewilding

  • Bush Heritage: Keith Tuffley (former Managing Director, UBS Warburg Australia Corporate Finance, & Managing Director, Goldman Sachs and Partners, Australia Ptyh Ltd; cyclist)
  • A Land Stewardship Platform for Spain: Sonia Castañeda  (Directora,  Fundación Biodiversidad, Spain)
  • Creating a European Landowner Alliance for Wildlands & Nature: Miquel Rafa Fornieles: Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera; EUROSITE, European Landowners Organization, Spain); Tilmann Disselhof  [Consultant, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)]. [A WILD10 Initiative Launch]

1900-1930         Global Gathering Closing Session

  • Summary–Global Gathering: Magnus Sylvén, Odile Rodríquez de la Fuente
  • From Salamanca to the Worlds Parks Congress in Sydney 2014: Trevor Sandwith (Director, Global Protected Areas Programme, IUCN
  • The Plan for The Global Forum (8-9-10 October): Julie Anton Randall (Vice President, Government Relations, The WILD Foundation) & Alan Watson (Chief Scientist, Aldo Leopold Interagency Wilderness Research Institute, USA)


TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER — Palacio de Congresos

2000-2130       BELIEF     A play by Julie Cajune, Salish educator and Kellogg Foundation Fellow from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana, USA

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER –   Plaza de Los Bandos  (Adjacent to Plaza Mayor)

Evening           WILD Shorts in the Plaza…A video “shorts” festival



WILD10 Closing Session — Palacio de Congresos


  • The Oceans, Our Future:   Sylvia Earle  (National Geographic Explorer in Residence;  Founder, Mission Blue)
  • Closing Comments
  • Bittu Sahgal   (Founder, Sanctuary Asia; Project Tiger)
  • Magnus Sylvén; Odile Rodríquez de la Fuente; Vance G. Martin
  • A Farewell Toast!