MADRID, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The historic Spanish university town of Salamanca is currently hosting the tenth edition of the World Wilderness Congress: Wild-10, which is the longest standing congress based around nature and the wilderness in existence.
Odile Rodriguez, who is the president of the Wild-10 Spanish office, told Xinhua Monday that "we are going to speak about how nature and conservation are important in our different cultures around the world and with a lot of emphasis on indigenous tribes and the leadership and the understanding they have of nature and the relationship of human beings to nature."
Wild-10 sees many events ranging from plenary sessions and looks to integrate science, management, government and art, while including people from all walks of life from all over the World.
The event aims to be a global platform for working on wilderness issues at a time when global warming and the protection of our planet's wild places are vital issues on the political agenda and to that end, it hopes to raise awareness of nature and the wilderness in everyone's lives.
As a measure of the importance of the event, he last World Wilderness Congress was held in Mexico in 2009 and attracted 1,800 delegates from 50 different countries and Wild-10 promises to be just as successful.
The opening days of the event have seen discussions on issues as varied as the 'Living Ocean,' the 'North American Wilderness', 'the Arctic' and the 'Serengeti,' with talks on climate change and preservation of big trees among others.
However, one thing Wild-10 is careful not to do is to focus on these issues from a purely European or Western perspective, while this also means nature is looked at from a variety of disciplines to integrate the issue everyday life and to allow people from all over the world to exchange ideas and find solutions.
"There is also a lot of culture," said Rodriguez.
Since its roots in South Africa in the 1970's the World Wilderness Congress has been taken to five different continents and this is only the second time it has been held in Europe. Given Spain's big open spaces and rich biodiversity, it is perhaps fitting that this country should have been given the honor of hosting the event.
"We are one of the richest countries in biodiversity in Europe and the world and in a context of the modern western world, we can learn a lot of lessons from the mistakes made in terms of development towards nature and also in what has been done in the right way," said Rodriguez.
"We need to learn the lessons from the past and try to implement an improvement for the future," she said, welcoming the participation of delegates from China at the Congress.
"It is important as they can learn from the experience of other countries, while at the same time they can present their new vision of conservation and show what they are carrying out in their country," Rodriguez said.