8th World Wilderness Congress announced

April 15, 2005

The 8th World Wilderness Congress (WWC) will convene from September 30 - October 6, 2005 at the Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The Congress is expected to attract more than 1,000 experts from 40 countries, including numerous high-profile and senior-level political and corporate speakers.

The theme for the 8th WWC is Wilderness, Wildlands and People: A Partnership for the Future. It will generate the most up-to-date and accurate information on the benefits of wilderness and wildlands to contemporary and traditional societies, and will review the best models for balancing wilderness and wildlands conservation with human needs.

The Congress, founded in 1977, was the first international environmental gathering to include indigenous people and always focuses on wilderness and people.

The gathering is expected to produce several newsworthy announcements and cover many oft-reported topics, including:

The agenda, subject to change, is as follows:

September 30 - October 1: The Global Wilderness Forum - This forum will contain plenary sessions with reports of global scope and importance, featuring political, science, native, conservation and corporate leaders

October 2: Field Trips - Include photographing moose in the Chugach Mountains, salmon fishing in Seward and hiking Caines Head State Recreation Area

October 3 - October 5: World Wilderness Working Sessions: Include presentations and panels on native wildlands and corridor initiatives and climate change, as well as breakout sessions on science and stewardship, arts and advocacy, and the "Wild Planet Project," the applied research initiative likely to produce a lot of news
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Journalists interested in registering for the Congress should send an e-mail to media@8wwc.org. More information about the Congress is available at www.8wwc.org. Journalists may also contact Brad@PhillipsMediaRelations.com.

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