Vance Martin and Andrew Muir provide an overview of activities and outcomes of the 7th World Wilderness Congress, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (November 2001). In the education and communication section, Maclom Draper and Alan Watson report on wilderness management workshops held prior to the 7WWC, which focused on the philosophy, history, and management of wilderness; making wilderness relevant to local and traditional people; and, sustainable financing of restoration and education programs.
Vance Martin, WILD’s President, contributes an editorial perspective, in which he calls for us to remember that: the ecological services wilderness provides go to everyone on the planet; and, the power of wilderness to move people in a transformative way. He reminds us that “wilderness has soul.” Christopher Monz provides an overview of an evaluation of evaluating student satisfaction in wilderness education courses, specifically from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). John Shultis reviews several books including “Edward Abbey: A Life” by James M. Calahan.
This IJW features an article by Stephen Mills on how the Sierra Club reaches “Beyond the Borders” with its new international programs in Southern Africa, Mexico and the Ashoka fellows program. In the international perspectives section, Stephen Siebert and Jill Belsky discuss the important role of local food production in livelihood security and why protected area managers need to be aware of these issues. In the news and announcements section, WILD announces its WILD Awards program, recognizing companies who use wild images in advertising and also support the protection of wild nature – in an way, paying royalties for the use of these images.