Being held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from October 10-12, 2025, Global Wildlife Fair (GWF) is a pioneering event that unites diverse global and local stakeholders from the fields of wildlife conservation and responsible tourism, including NGOs, community groups, private organisations, government departments, and individuals of all ages.
To create a shared platform for stakeholders to converge, collaborate, and channel collective action towards a common goal – the conservation of our planet's precious wildlife and wild habitats
WHY WE’RE NEEDED
Globally, we face urgent challenges in terms of protecting and restoring our shared natural heritage. Ecotourism, done right, can provide stable, non-extractive income generation opportunities to underprivileged communities in ecologically sensitive landscapes, which is vital to ensuring the long-term conservation of biodiversity in such areas. As such, responsible tourism can be an effective means of reconciling the interests of nature conservation with the imperatives of community upliftment and development.
At Global Wildlife Fair, we recognise that promoting greater and more urgent collaborations between the domains of wildlife conservation and responsible tourism is a matter of enlightened self-interest. We aim to foster such synergies through the following avenues:
Knowledge Exchange: We facilitate the exchange of ideas, research, best practices, and technological solutions among experts and enthusiasts in the fields of wildlife conservation and responsible tourism.
Education and Awareness: We are committed to engaging with the public at large about the intricacies and challenges of responsible tourism and wildlife conservation. Through a variety of exhibits, expert-led workshops, and interactive sessions, we aim to inspire our global audience to become better stewards of their environment.
Funding Conservation: Global Wildlife Fair generates funds that are directly oriented towards the conservation of wildlife and wild spaces. We believe that every contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant impact on the future of our planet.
We invite you to join us on this journey. Whether you're a conservationist, an ecotourism operator, a nature enthusiast, a traveller, or simply someone who cares about the environment, Global Wildlife Fair offers you a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and organisations and make a significant, tangible impact.
I am deeply honoured to welcome you to the Global Wildlife Fair, a celebration of our planet's extraordinary biodiversity and a testament to our collective commitment to its preservation. The beauty of the natural world, with its rich tapestry of flora and fauna, has always been a source of inspiration and wonder for me. It's a reminder of the intricate and delicate balance that sustains life on Earth. But it's also a reminder of our shared responsibility to protect and cherish these precious gifts of nature. We believe that the conservation of wildlife is not just a moral duty; it's an imperative for the survival of our planet and future generations. It's a belief that has driven us to dedicate our efforts to this noble cause. The Global Wildlife Fair is a platform where this belief comes to life. It's a space where passionate individuals, dedicated NGOs, forward-thinking private organizations, and government departments converge with a singular purpose – to safeguard the flora and fauna that make our planet so breathtakingly beautiful.
I believe ecotourism is a vehicle to satisfy the triple-bottom line and it is a good fit for Asia where biodiversity is rich and needs protection that also creates jobs. Moreover, it is my passion to get to know like-minded people in the world to synergize the momentum and become like a family so that we can make steps forward even if the project money is not promised.
I am doing my part in Japan as an NGO, a business practitioner, and a consultant for government projects of all sizes to promote ecotourism and mainstream sustainable tourism. I also contribute globally to encourage utilizing global standards so that we all are moving in the same direction. Without a doubt, the Asian Ecotourism Network has the best team to realize the sustainable development in tourism, and ecotourism that are mostly community-based in case of Asia. Come join our forces!
Vivek Menon is an Indian wildlife conservationist, environmental commentator, author, and photographer with a passion for elephants and birds. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Wildlife Trust of India. Menon is the author or editor of ten wildlife books including the bestselling Indian Mammals- A Field Guide, scores of technical reports, and more than 250 articles in various scientific and popular publications. In India, he plays a role in advising the government on natural heritage conservation as a part of several national committees as well as having been part of the Indian delegations to CITES, UNESCO, and CMS. Internationally, Menon is the current Councilor of the IUCN, Member of the IUCN SSC, and Chairperson of its Governance and Consultancy Committee (GCC) and Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG). He is also the Chairperson of the Amphibian Survival Alliance Global.