Enlarging the European Wilderness Preservation System

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The European Wilderness Society http://wilderness-society.org hold its first 60 minutes wilderness webinar on 18 December 2013. The event was focused on introducing the society and explaining our …

The European Wilderness Society http://wilderness-society.org hold its first 60 minutes wilderness webinar on 18 December 2013. The event was focused on introducing the society and explaining our target of 5% wilderness cover in the continent.
This is the PowerPoint presentation of the 2nd speaker, Vlado Vancura, wilderness advocate who has 2 decades of experience how to protect wilderness in US, Canada, and of course Europe. His speech will soon also be available in an audio version
The webinar is to be repeated on the 8 January 2014

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  • 1. EUROPEAN WILDERNESS PRESERVATION SYSTEM Vlado Vancura Wilderness Advocate European Wilderness Society EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 2. European Wilderness Society partners! Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 3. European Wilderness Society partners! Protected areas: Wilderness Destinations, Wilderness Partners, Other protected area Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 4. European Wilderness Society partners! Protected areas: Wilderness Destinations, Wilderness Partners, Other protected area Tourism businesses: International tour operator, Incoming tour operator, Local business partner Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 5. European Wilderness Society partners! Protected areas: Wilderness Destinations, Wilderness Partners, Other protected area Tourism businesses: International tour operator, Incoming tour operator, Local business partner Individuals: Premium membership (wilderness ambassador), Membership + (wilderness advocate), Basic membership (wilderness supporter) Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 6. European Wilderness Society partners! Protected areas: Wilderness Destinations, Wilderness Partners, Other protected area Tourism businesses: International tour operator, Incoming tour operator, Local business partner Individuals: Premium membership (wilderness ambassador), Membership + (wilderness advocate), Basic membership (wilderness supporter) Other organisations: Government organisation, Other for profit, Nonprofit (NGO + research institution) Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 7. European Wilderness Society partners! Protected areas: Wilderness Destinations, Wilderness Partners, Other protected area Tourism businesses: International tour operator, Incoming tour operator, Local business partner Individuals: Premium membership (wilderness ambassador), Membership + (wilderness advocate), Basic membership (wilderness supporter) Other organisations: Government organisation, Other for profit, Nonprofit (NGO + research institution) Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 8. Time to act! Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 9. Time to act! Solitary, scattered wolfs are forming a wolf pack to protect their homeland – European wilderness!! Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 10. European Wilderness Preservation System? Protected areas: Wilderness Destinations, Wilderness Partners, Other protected area Author R. Jakaitis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 11. European Wilderness Preservation System? Author R. Jakaitis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 12. Wilderness in Europe! EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 13. Wilderness in Europe The main outcome of the previous years: EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 14. Wilderness in Europe The main outcome of the previous years: Although covering only small part of its territory, there is still wilderness in Europe! EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 15. Can we protect European wilderness? Astrachanski NP © ANP Archives EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 16. Can we protect European wilderness? Burning question in my mind...? Because wilderness in Europe is for a majority of Europeans an unknown concept.... Astrachanski NP © ANP Archives EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 17. Does Europe care for wilderness? Calimani NP © Archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 18. Does Europe care for wilderness? Relevant questions: Do we have wilderness in Europe at all? Calimani NP © Archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 19. Does Europe care for wilderness? Relevant questions: Do we have wilderness in Europe at all? Do we Europeans need wilderness? Can we Europeans afford to protect wilderness? Calimani NP © Archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 20. Does Europe care for wilderness? Relevant questions: Do we have wilderness in Europe at all? Do we Europeans need wilderness? Can we Europeans afford to protect wilderness? Is wilderness really important for us in light of other challenges in our daily life, etc. Calimani NP © Archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 21. Can we afford wilderness in Europe? Bieszczady NP © archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 22. Can we afford wilderness in Europe? In an economical sense to afford something means to have enough money to buy it Bieszczady NP © archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 23. Can we afford wilderness in Europe? In economical sense to afford something means to have enough money to buy it. The total cash cost to buy all the world’s remaining areas of high biological diversity at current local prices is less than the annual US expenditure on soft drinks. Food for thought! Bieszczady NP © archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 24. Can we afford wilderness in Europe? In economical sense to afford something means to have enough money to buy it. The total cash cost to buy all the world’s remaining areas of high biological diversity at current local prices is less than annual US expenditure on soft drinks. Shocking!!! So taking this fact, I strongly believe we can afford to protect Europe’s wilderness... Bieszczady NP © archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 25. Can we afford wilderness in Europe? Fulufjället NP ©Vitantonio Dell’Orto EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 26. Can we afford wilderness in Europe? More relevant question is: Can we afford to lose wilderness? Fulufjället NP ©Vitantonio Dell’Orto EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central BalkanNP © ArchiveYordanov Paunchev Calimani NP © Petar 18/12/2013
  • 27. How we can protect wilderness in Europe? Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze 18/12/2013
  • 28. How we can protect wilderness in Europe? 2 steps approach: - Understand what is the subject of our interest - Identify where European wilderness exist Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze 18/12/2013
  • 29. What is a subject of our interest? Top of wilderness continuum Wilderness Good wilderness potential National Parks and other protected areas Limited wilderness potential Rewilding Europe Network European wilderness concept - Wilderness continuum EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 30. Where is European wilderness? Lower Oder Valley NP © Wiedig_I EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 31. Where is European wilderness? Scattered all over the Europe Lower Oder Valley NP © Wiedig_I EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 32. European Wilderness Preservation System and The Million Project Author R. Jakaitis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 33. European Wilderness Preservation System and The Million Project Author R. Jakaitis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 34. European Wilderness Preservation System and The Million Project The PAN Parks Foundation launched ’The Million Project’ with the aim to safeguard 1 million hectares of European wilderness by 2015. Author R. Jakaitis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 35. European Wilderness Preservation System and The Million Project The PAN Parks Foundation launched ’The Million Project’ with the aim to safeguard 1 million hectares of European wilderness by 2015. The aim was achieved!! What is next? Author R. Jakaitis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 36. Follow up... Slowinski NP © G. Jędro EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 37. Follow up... The concept of wilderness has gained a considerable momentum in Europe during recent years... Slowinski NP © G. Jędro EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 38. Wilderness Inventory Soomaa NP © Arne Ader EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 39. Wilderness Inventory Preliminary research and in accordance with the WWF figures revealed that wilderness is still present all across Europe! Soomaa NP © Arne Ader EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 40. Ambition of the European Wilderness Preservation System Rila NP © PAN Parks archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 41. Ambition of the European Wilderness Preservation System European Wilderness Society (EWS) aims to protect 5% of the European territory to wilderness quality standard... Rila NP © PAN Parks archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 42. Ambition of the European Wilderness Preservation System Turn the inventory to the real (wilderness) life… European Wilderness Society (EWS) aims to protect 5% of the European territory to wilderness quality standard... Rila NP © PAN Parks archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 43. Audit of European Wilderness Preservation System Peneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Peneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga 18/12/2013
  • 44. Audit of European Wilderness Preservation System Quality assessment & Benefits Peneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Peneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga 18/12/2013
  • 45. Who will be subject of audit? Prespa NP © Prespa NP archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 46. Who will be subject of audit? Any area with wilderness quality... Prespa NP © Prespa NP archive EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 47. Benefit of wilderness - Protected Areas Fulufjället NP © Orsolya Haaberg EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 48. Benefit of wilderness - Protected Areas Benefits for Protected Areas • helps to better control sustainable tourism • better cooperation with local partners • promotion of their areas Fulufjället NP © Orsolya Haaberg EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 49. Benefit of wilderness - Local Partners Peneda-Geres NP © PGNP Archives EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 50. Benefit of wilderness - Local Partners Benefits for Local Partners • included in packages • more clients through operators • cooperation with other local partners • incoming operators help to develop their products Peneda-Geres NP © PGNP Archives EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 51. Benefit of wilderness - International Tour Operators EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 52. Benefit of wilderness - International Tour Operators Benefits for International Tour Operators • they support a good case, by doing what they are best in • pre-selected local suppliers and Incoming Partners • educational trips, help in product development • brand building and help in promotion • networking and cooperating with similar companies EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 53. Benefit of wilderness - Incoming Tour Operators EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 54. Benefit of wilderness - Incoming Tour Operators Benefits for Incoming Tour Operators • link with International Operators • better cooperation with protected areas • associated with a wilderness brand EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 55. Transcontinental perspective on wilderness in Europe Berezinski NP © Belarus EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 56. Transcontinental perspective on wilderness in Europe Wilderness is nowhere as important as it is in Europe, the world’s most densely populated continent... Berezinski NP © Belarus EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 57. Transcontinental perspective on wilderness in Europe Wilderness is nowhere as important as it is in Europe, the world’s most densely populated continent... The good news is that, in the last 20 years, great and critical strides have occurred to help raise awareness of and protect wild nature… Berezinski NP © Belarus EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 58. Transcontinental perspective on wilderness in Europe Wilderness is nowhere as important as it is in Europe, the world’s most densely populated continent... The good news is that, in the last 20 years, great and critical strides have occurred to help raise awareness of and protect wild nature… The European Wilderness Society is the partner needed to continue and build this momentum. Vance G Martin, President: The WILD Foundation, World Wilderness Congress, 2013 Berezinski NP © Belarus EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 59. Wilderness Nomination! Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 60. Wilderness Nomination! If you think that this is subject of your interest and you own, manage or just simply have a knowledge about piece of wilderness wherever in Europe please let us know... Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 61. Wilderness Nomination! If you think that this is subject of your interest and you own, manage or just simply have a knowledge about piece of wilderness wherever in Europe please let us know... Contact European Wilderness Society and become a member of the European Wilderness Preservation System!!! Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY 18/12/2013
  • 62. Time to act!! EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 63. Time to act!! Contribute to protection of European wilderness!! NOW!!! EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 64. Time to act!! Contribute to protection of European wilderness!! NOW!!! EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY Central Balkan NP © Petar Yordanov Paunchev 18/12/2013
  • 65. THANK YOU! http://wilderness-society.org vlado.vancura@wilderness-society.org Join us on EUROPEAN WILDERNESS SOCIETY dd/mm/yyyy