It all began with the enthusiasm for forests with huge trees. Today, Wilderness International is a non-profit foundation with a great goal. We want to protect unique wilderness areas for future generations. Since our founding in 2008, with the help of schools, companies and private individuals we have been able to purchase, register and thus legally protect 3.16 million square meters of valuable and endangered rainforest in Canada. Numerous scientific institutions support our research projects on CO2-absorbtion and biodiversity in the coastal rainforests.
We are a small and flexible organization, always looking to use our funds in the most effective and efficient ways. Donations, institutional support and volunteer work support the operations of the foundation. Our participatory structure makes it possible to grow with new ideas and exchange opinions between generations.
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.
Our Idea of Nature Conservation
Successful nature conservation works only with direct commitment. We want to enable everyone to protect rainforest. At the heart of our projects are our sponsorships and wilderness races – so that all generations can take responsibility and balance out their personal consumption of nature. On research expeditions, committed young people experience the unique flora and fauna of our protected areas. Thereby, they become ambassadors for the environment.
Why Are We Working in Canada?
Ancient tree giants. Mysterious ghost flowers. Crystal-clear rivers. Flying eagles. The temperate rainforest of Western Canada is a natural wonder. And yet, only 25% of this valuable ecosystem remain. The protection of the remaining ancient forests is essential, as we profit from their benefits all over the world. Learn more about this here:
Why Are We Working In Peru?
The region Madre de Dios in eastern Peru is home to large areas of undisturbed amazonian rainforest. The highest biodiversity ever found in any forest was recorded here! That is one of the reasons why most of the area is protected by two national parks and a nature reserve. Our conservation land expands and reinforces the protection of these areas. The wilderness along the Tambopata River is in urgent need of protection, as the forest and the ecological integrity of the entire ecosystem are highly endangered by gold mines and logging.