The Forever Wild initiative protects some of the Earth’s last great wildernesses for societal well-being, for biological diversity and its evolutionary potential, for our cultural record and economic values - places where we allow ourselves to be inspired!
What is Wilderness?
A natural landscape larger than 10,000km square with limited impact from modern technology. A part of this Earth where people often live, but where they do not destroy the natural systems or co-existing values. It is a misconception that wilderness excludes people, and the Forever Wild initiative proactively works with Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLCs).
What is the Forever Wild Initiative?
The initiative represents a major effort to create change in how we engage with our planet. In 2018, the Forever Wild initiative was launched with a registered Australian charity to drive and oversee an ambitious social and ecological mandate. From there, the Board of the Forever Wild charity began designing innovative profit-for-purpose structures to operate as social enterprises, to support new forms of agriculture, and to enable tangible returns for natural and social capital. These structures attract private capital and are opening the door to significant finance for nature and Indigenous People and Local Communities.
Forever Wild has a bold vision spanning centuries yet to come, for nature and human society. We envision a world in which there will always be vast and wild places, rich in biological diversity and human culture. Forever Wild is acquiring land and building innovative partnerships worldwide to create vast Shared Earth Landscapes that are ecologically, politically and socially sustainable.
We are one of the few organisations worldwide that have successfully created the opportunity for private investment to support species protection at large scale.
"Only by linking the natural and human values of the remaining wilderness on our planet will we have any chance of protecting these remarkable landscapes and ensuring they play a key role in human well-being a thousand years from now". Fiachra Kearney, CEO.
How do we do work?
The Forever Wild initiative creates innovative financing mechanisms to support our very large-scale objectives. Blending philanthropy with impact investment we acquire, protect and innovate. We protect wilderness by creating ecological and social equity, and driving innovation in non-destructive economic activity. We co-design with communities; we believe in people, we believe in our Earth, and we reject wholesale corporate destruction of our planet. And we act, because at this juncture in human history it is our actions - not our words - that count.