“Weltnaturschutz”: Global Protection of Nature

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The first page of “Weltnaturschutz”: Global Protection of Nature.

Sarasin, Paul. “Weltnaturschutz”: Global Protection of Nature. Basel: Birkhäuser, 1911.

The text “Weltnaturschutz” (World nature protection) by Paul Sarasin (1856–1929) is a key document in the history of the global nature conservation movement. The text is a speech, which Sarasin first held at the 8th International Zoological Congress in Graz on 16 August 1910 and again a few weeks later at the 93rd Conference of the Schweizerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences) in Basel. It was published both as a special print and in the proceedings of the Schweizerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft. Sarasin wrote his speech in German but translations into English, French, and Italian were made at the time and published as special prints in 1911. Most notably, copies of the speech were sent along with the invitations to the First International Conference on Global Nature Conservation, convened by the Swiss Government in Bern in November 1913 and attended by delegations of most of the leading powers of the time, such as Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy, and the United States.

—Patrick Kupper, 2022

The following is a re-edition of the English translation, now out of copyright. The original page numbers are given in square brackets. The original translation has been lightly edited to improve readability; typographical errors and minor mistakes have been corrected.