Conservation projects

"Tumuth un Yukwula", the "Land of the Eagles", is our first project and an important element in the overall mission of Wilderness International to protect the Western Canadian wilderness.

This is a partnership project between the Foundation and the Cowichan Tribes, the largest native population of western Canada. Over the next three years, together we will establish nature reserves at strategic points in this extremely vulnerable and ecologically diverse area. Every year in Canada and Germany, thousands of people and schools become involved in these projects to protect these endangered forests.

Students from the Cowichan Tribes travel to Germany on sustainable conservation initiatives to learn and discuss their concerns in presentations at German schools and at the wilderness walks. Each summer, German students travel to western Canada to convene with students from the Cowichan projects in order to find solutions for conservation. Wilderness International began this project in 2010, as a contribution to the UN-declared International Year of Biodiversity.

The conservation expedition to the west coast rainforests
in Canada has the following main objectives:

Protect the rainforest ecosystem

The protection of the ecosystem of the coastal rainforest and the preservation of the traditional knowledge of the Cowichan Indians and their relationship with their ecosystem.

Fill the public with enthusiasm

Public Awareness

Participating students convey their personal experiences with this international conservation project to thousands of their peers and the public through exhibitions, lectures, and presentations on the Internet and in radio and print media.

How will we achieve these goals?

Intercultural Collaboration

Students from Germany have joined forces with students from the Cowichan Indians as environmental ambassadors for the protection of this region. You host the students of the Cowichan in May, participate in the Walk for the Wild together work in intercultural groups on scientific, artistic and journalistic projects and in July you will travel to the rainforests of Vancouver Iseland.

Presentation of the environmental projects

As part of this environmental ambassador project, we work on solutions to protect the environment in the primal forest as well as practical ideas for environmental projects in the Cowichan Valley and in our own communities. The results of the conservation expedition and project work we exhibit at the participating German and Canadian schools, on the internet, in the press and at conferences.

Setting up a nature reserve

Together, many thousands of wilderness sponsors (students and nature-loving members of the public) have made possible the establishment of the reserve Tumuth un Yukwala (Land of Eagles)in a pristine rainforest area. . Collaboration on a land use plan for an adjacent, 28,000 hectare of state nature preserve.

"The Canadian Amazon"

Before, during and after our conservation expedition, international attention was directed toward the rescue of the last temperate rainforests on the west coast of Canada. The rainforests of the northern hemisphere are known for their biodiversity, and called the “Canadian Amazon.” Today these forests are severely threatened by logging, mining and urban sprawl. 75% of these ecosystems around the world have been severely damaged within the last 150 years, so that only 25% of the forests, rivers, marshes and fjords remain natural today. But still huge areas continue to fall victim to clearcuts, mines and roads.

"Three Rivers"

The rainforest project in Western Canada is directly linked to our Arctic Project "Three Rivers" to which Wilderness International has attended since 2007. In this project, we engaged in successful cooperation with the Gwich'in Indians for the protection of a mountain region in northern Canada the size of Ireland. For impressions of this project, please visit: