What makes a good conservation writer? The view of an editor

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As a member of the International League of Conservation Writer (ILCW), I was invited to speak at the ILCW 2nd session during the 10th World Wilderness Congress aka WILD10.
My presentation was focused on what conditions I think make a good conservation writer. I was of course focusing on writing for EUrope's wilderness. Therefore my openbing statement was: we refuse very few slips, because we need more stories arguing for the protection of Europe's wilderness.

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  • Audience: blowing up 100 ballons
    99 ballons smashed! 1 with the panparks logo remains intact in my hand
  • Not because they are so good, because they are so few and so needed!The understanding of wilderness must be increased as many ways as possible in Europe!
  • We covered 600,000 hectares with artificial surfaces in 6 years! The annual growth was 1,5%!
  • Wilderness is essential to halt biodiversity loss
  • Reference to Payments for Ecosystem Services,but highlighting the need for non-use values
  • Rewilding is fine and we welcome it, but only relevant to wilderness protection if it eventually leads to creating more wilderness
    Another opportunity is people moving into cities
  • Nature deficit disorder! Wilderness can offer a response to urban social problems
  • Tripleing our network in 2 year time!
  • We need to scale up wilderness protection, which can only work with additional financial respurces, knowledge and wide cooperation
  • We are developing our new strategy!
  • What makes a good conservation writer? The view of an editor

    1. 1. ARGUING FOR A WILD DREAM REWILDING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PEOPLE FOR TRUE WILDERNESS! Zoltan Kun, Wilderness Advocate, PAN Parks
    2. 2. Archipelago NP © ANP Archives What is PAN Parks? PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature. The leading wilderness protection organisation in Europe. The leading wilderness protection organisation in Europe.
    3. 3. only very few rejected slips Fulufjället NP © Orsolya Haaberg
    4. 4. don’t assume writing for the scientific community Peneda-Geres NP © PGNP Archives
    5. 5. integrity and education are crucially important WE ARE LOSING WILDERNESS VALUES EVERY DAY Peneda-Geres NP © Joao Cosme
    6. 6. ...but the most important is the writer unquestionable belief in WILDERNESS Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze
    7. 7. THE GOOD WRITER BELIEVES IN THE CAUSE! Soomaa NP © Arne Ader
    8. 8. THE GOOD WRITER HAS EXPERIENCED WILDERNESS Polistovsky NR © Polistovsky Nature Reserve archive
    9. 9. THE GOOD WRITER WAS OUT IN WILDERNESS Archipelago NP © Heidi Arponen
    10. 10. THE GOOD WRITER IS A GOOD STORYTELLER Soomaa NP © Arne Ader
    11. 11. THE GOOD WRITER USES VARIOUS CHANNELS (NEW AND OLD ONES)
    12. 12. THE GOOD WRITER WANTS ENGAGEMENT! Oulanka NP © Basecamp Oulanka
    13. 13. THE GOOD WRITER FLIES WITH HER/HIS DREAMS Archipelago NP © Seppo Keränen
    14. 14. THE GOOD WRITER TAKES TIME TO WRITE GOOD! Retezat NP © iStock/Falk Kiennas
    15. 15. THE GOOD WRITER TAKES TIME TO LOOK FACTS Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis/brunodamicis.com
    16. 16. THE GOOD WRITER... MIGHT BE ANYONE! Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev
    17. 17. PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature www.panparks.org

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