Articles of Association

The preservation of wilderness – defined as an ecologically intact untouched natural landscape – gives both purpose and name to our foundation. Our aim is the world-wide preservation of unique wilderness areas for future generations. In an era of increasing complexity, population growth and urban sprawl, wild areas will prove vital not only to humanity’s survival but to our health as well. Wilderness International seeks to draw awareness to the conflict that exists between societal growth and the need to preserve our natural areas. We believe that only by directly experiencing nature can we embrace and truly understand it. Our covenant with our environment is a sacred trust! We must preserve our pristine natural areas in the interest of all those that will follow us. Indigenous peoples who lived in these lands learned over millennia to live in harmony with the environment. It is for this reason Wilderness International actively promotes relationship-building and cultural exchange between these groups and more industrialized counterparts. We endeavor to inspire an appreciation for untouched environments and to provide education on the potential of these fragile ecosystems, using both direct experience and innovative technologies.

§ 1. Honesty and Integrity

We are grateful that many individuals and organizations have placed their trust in our organization and pledge to work responsibly and diligently toward our common purpose.

§ 2. Values

All forms of life are integral to the environment. Humans are only one strand in the complex living web that spans this planet. We understand that our relationship with the environment is symbiotic and our survival as a species is reliant upon the preservation of this delicate balance.

§ 3. Our Mission

Wilderness International is an international group of dedicated conservationists promoting responsible world citizenship for the purpose of protecting the earth’s fragile natural treasures and at-risk ecosystems. We strive to inspire young people--- our most precious natural resource—and to provide them with the opportunity to confront and manage environmental threats, inspiring others in turn.

We work to preserve wilderness areas by preventing or limiting environmental damage caused by agricultural or industrial development. Our projects offer opportunities for real engagement.

§ 4. Action

Educational and research projects are designed in conjunction with the residents of the affected regions, allowing a sustainable, ecologically viable utilization of the wilderness area. Expeditions led by local experts make it possible for students to intimately experience the vast diversity, complexity and delicate balance of the protected environment. Through these programs, students discover and identify with the threatened region directly, becoming advocates for its preservation.

§ 5. Cooperation

Our organization is entirely dependent upon the unique talents, skills and expertise of many people from a variety of backgrounds. We appreciate and respect the diversity that each individual brings and recognize that we can only achieve our goals by functioning as an integrated team.

§ 6. Dynamic

We recognize that we must be innovative and flexible in our endeavors, searching for effective approaches and staying current with the latest research, policies and developments. We are committed to continually integrating new skills and methods with lessons learned from the pas

§ 7. Determination

We are committed to our mission and understand that although the need for quick and decisive action in response to an urgent situation may arise, we must not lose sight of our long-term goals.

§ 8. Beliefs

Why do we work to keep nature intact? Areas that have been untouched by humans are ever more rare, and thus becoming irreplaceable treasures. Once nature has been disturbed by clear cuts, mining or urban sprawl, it is often difficult to repair, if at all. It then requires a lot of work and often, a lot of money. Therefore, long-term conservation is the most efficient and effective way to preserve valuable habitats for future generations. These protected areas allow threatened animal and plant species to survive, and support the preservation of unique ecosystems. Wilderness areas are expressions of nature in its most original form! They are our inspiration, and our ancient home. Only in these areas is everything connected in a natural balance. If this harmony is destroyed by industrial logging, the network of life is also torn. We at Wilderness International, with the help of the students and our partners, purchase land that is valuable and acutely threatened, and secure it in the national land registry. We bring the local residents into our team and offer exchange and research projects, bringing together enthusiastic young people, scientists and companies. We are convinced that together we can create a future worth living in.

We believe in the importance of learning through direct experience. Once individuals have established a personal connection with nature, they are motivated to protect it. We believe in the immense value of the traditional wisdom and knowledge garnered by the current conservators of these areas. We understand that it is imperative to bridge the gap between modern scientific methods and the traditional teachings of the past.