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WAG Project SpotlightReport on the 9th World Wilderness Congress & Mexican Wilderness Training Programmes

The Wilderness Action Group had teh pleasure of sending Members Drummond Densham and Ilan Lax to the 9th World Wilderness Congress.  They have produced a report that gives an account of the activities during their visit to Mexico and to make some observations for wilderness conservation in South Africa.

Read the Executive Summary or Download the Full Report (PDF)

What is Wilderness

What is Wilderness

GiraffeA wilderness area is an undeveloped land, water or sea, retaining an intrinsically wild appearance and character, or capable of being restored to such condition.

Wilderness areas are managed for the protection and maintenance of the natural character of the environment, biodiversity, and associated natural, cultural and historic resources. There are areas where people will find solitude and fulfillment and therefore will be roadless and without permanent habitation.

Why Wilderness

Why Wilderness

Wilderness HikerWildlands, globally, are being lost at an unprecedented rate with the resultant loss natural landscapes, the associated indigenous biodiversity, and the cultural and historical resources. The human population increase is one of the drivers that are leading to the development of more and more land.

Africa's wildlands are under similar threat due as countries strive to compete with the rest of the world. The lessons and mistakes of the Developed World should be heeded and significant wild country - land, water and sea must be designated and given wilderness status as a legacy for future and the enjoyment of present generations.

Our Group

Our Group

TurtleThe Wilderness Action Group is a small, voluntary, non-profit, non-government organization (NGO). It is based in KwaZulu-Natal, South African. It was constituted in 1989 as a Section 21 company of the South African Companies Act. A Memorandum and Articles of Association govern the business and activities of the Group.

It was founded by a small group of South Africans, who attended the 3rd. World Wilderness Congress in Scotland in 1983, and became the Group's first Directors. The Group's membership has grown and now comprises of directors and members from all walks of the southern African society and who are passionate about wilderness and its survival.

Our Aims

Our Aims

LeafThe Wilderness Action Group promotes wilderness conservation, both regionally and internationally. It strives to highlight the importance, the values and uniqueness of African wilderness and the need to protect it for present and future generations. It advocates that wilderness areas can and should be designated on public, communal and private land throughout southern Africa and further a field.

These aims are fulfilled through its activities in advocacy, technical planning and management advice, education and training, the delivering lectures, talks and papers by the directors and members at congresses, symposia and seminars, publishing material in journals and the media and developing working partnerships with individuals and organizations with similar objectives.

"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown; for going out, I found, was really going in."
~John Muir~