Forever Wild is working to create vast Shared Earth Reserves that will protect hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of wilderness - its ancient and contemporary cultures, its wildlife and its profound importance to human society. Each child yet to be born is as important as those living, and our planet's natural systems play a key role in their well-being. Critically, our programs are designed to ensure our reserves remain protected thousands of years from now.
Why we do itThe Earth’s last remaining wildernesses are being eroded at a staggering rate. The ancient and contemporary cultural markers are being wiped away, as are thousands of species, and diverse economic and social opportunities. And so is the possibility for children generations from now to dream of adventure in wild and untamed lands, to support their well-being, and simply to enable them to gaze in wonder at the night sky.
Where we workAustralia is one of the few countries with large tracts of true wilderness remaining, holding the greatest number of unique native mammal and reptile species of any continent, and is among the top five countries for endemic plants, birds and amphibians. Yet like the rest of the world, its last magnificent wilderness is being rapidly and permanently altered by human activity. Only pockets of Australia are protected. Once gone, wilderness is forever lost. As Forever Wild develops we will expand to Africa and elsewhere. Our work is locally relevant and globally transferable.
How we do itForever Wild is dedicated to the private purchase or effective co-management and perpetual preservation of large area wilderness landscapes. We call these landscapes Shared Earth Reserves. We are also dedicated to sharing our ideas and experiences, and we growing our support for partners in Africa.
Our work is guided by robust operating principles, science and key metrics around conservation and human wellbeing. Our wilderness areas are framed around continuous positive connections between natural landscapes and humanity, including wildlife and wild experiences, culture & arts, well-being & health and economies. All our programs are for the long-term and ongoing benefit of wildlife and people. In each landscape we bring in Community Wellbeing Working Groups to ensure local relevance.
We also work with partners to positively influence government policy around the Earth's last wild places.