Europe's wilderness from 2008 to 5%

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I presented this during the Europarc 2012 annual conference. The presentation has two parts: 1) chronological view of how wilderness protection evolved between 2008 and 2012, 2) what PAN Parks is planning to contribute to wilderness protection in Europe in 2013
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  • But do we actually deliver on this if we keep focusing only on verification?
  • Some wilderness values that can be experienced in PAN Parks
  • Ways to explore PAN Parks
  • The Message from Prague also ask for actions quantification of the value of non-extractive economic benefits identify and promote the linkage of ecosystem services to wilderness key economic dimensions, challenges and opportunities of wilderness areas in E urope. TEEB report not penetrated yet into PA management particular importance to define the ecosystem services and potential payment methods for wilderness
  • Other special exciting activities in PAN Parks
  • But do we actually deliver on this if we keep focusing only on verification?
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  • Fabulous mountains also host wild areas ...
  • Wilderness does exist on our continent ... In amazing old growth forests both in northern countries...
  • and in Mediterrnean areas
  • With incredible underwater wilderness and flora on islands
  • W ilderness is there in the world of meandering rivers...
  • freshwater ecosystems
  • Thank you again Hope you are personally is going to spread our message from now on Please join our community page – facebook And sign up for our e-newsletter
  • Europe's wilderness from 2008 to 5%

    1. 1. Strengthening the protection of Europe’s wilderness from 2008 to 5% Zoltan Kun, Executive Director PAN Parks FoundationPaanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk
    2. 2. What happened between 2008-2012Soomaa NP © Mati Kose
    3. 3. What happened between 2008-2012 • Civil Society initiated a Resolution on Wilderness • submitted to EC • signed by over 100 organisations including Birdlife, Europarc, IUCN, PAN Parks, WWFPaanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk
    4. 4. What happened between 2008-2012 European Parliament special report on wilderness • adopted on 3 February 2009 • provides a popular mandate as vaste majority approved • follow-up needed now©iStock/Graeme Purdy
    5. 5. What happened between 2008-2012 EC Presidency Conference in Prague, May 2009 • adopted the Agenda for Europe’s wilderness with 24 recommendations • Policy • Awareness building • Information needsMajella NP © Barbara Mayer • Supporting capacity
    6. 6. What happened between 2008-2012 Wilderness Working Group chaired by Europarc • participants from NGO sector and protected areas • main focus on developing a wilderness definition • finalised in April 2012 approved by EC in SeptemberMajella NP © Bruno D’Amicis
    7. 7. Wilderness definitionA wilderness is an area governed by naturalprocesses. It is composed of native habitats andspecies, and large enough for the effectiveecological functioning of natural processes. It isunmodified or only slightly modified and withoutintrusive or extractive human activity, settlements,infrastructure or visual disturbance.
    8. 8. All forms of PAs are contributing to biodiversity conservation! Wilderness area Other protected areasToo small Wild areas to bewilderness Current stage of natural development (indicated by eg. IUCN category) Non-intervention (current mgmt practice) intervention
    9. 9. What happened between 2008-2012 EC Presidency Conference on wilderness restoration in Brussels November 2010 • announcing the inclusion of wilderness in EC 2020 Biodiversity Strategy • announcing the development of a guidance document for N2000 managersSoomaa NP © Arne Ader
    10. 10. What happened between 2008-2012 The Economic of Wilderness mini-conference in Brussels (European Parliament) on January 2012 • the EP calls on the Commission and Member States to co-operate with local non-governmental organisations to promote the value of wildernessBorjomi-Kharagauli NP © Kote Gabrichidze
    11. 11. What happened between 2008-2012 EC wilderness guidance document for N2000 sites • Alterra, Eurosite, PAN Parks • final draft submitted in March 2012 • final document soon available on EC websiteOulanka NP © Paavo Hamunen
    12. 12. What happened between 2008-2012 Wilderness Register to be set as foundation of European Wilderness Preservation System • Alterra, University of Leeds, PAN Parks • unique database available on EEA (by Sept 2013) • currently in consultationMajella NP © Bruno D’Amicis phase with preliminary list
    13. 13. What happened between 2008-2012 We are running for WILD10 which is to be organised in Salamanca, Spain in October 2013 Photo: Simon KertysPaanajärvi NP ©Viktor GritsukChamois © Bruno D’Amicis
    14. 14. PAN Parks contributionsRetezat NP © Andreas Beckmann
    15. 15. Who we are PAN Parks is the only European-wide organisation focusing on the protection of wilderness areas Photo: Simon KertysPaanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk © Bruno D’Amicis
    16. 16. PAN Parks contributions PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness , the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature and contributes to implementing the Agenda for Europe’s Wilderness (outputs of Prague conference)Paanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk
    17. 17. PAN Parks contributions Work programme 2013: Linking wilderness to EC policies and priorities in order to ensure proper protection and representation of wilderness within N2000 networkPaanajärvi NP © Minna Koramo
    18. 18. PAN Parks contributions Linking to EC priorities • wilderness is part of the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy • Green Infrastructure / Cohesion policy • CAP reform discussion • Financing biodiversity • PES / Biz & BiodiversityMajella NP ©MNP
    19. 19. Analysing legal protection under the current nature directivesBorjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze
    20. 20. Promoting N2000 guidance documentFulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com
    21. 21. Collecting best-practice for mgmtPeneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga
    22. 22. Contributing to wilderness registerArchipelago NP © Janne Görling
    23. 23. PAN Parks contributions‘The Million Project’ provides the framework to organisationsworking on the protection of wilderness and to more protectedareas throughout Europe to joinProtecting 1 million hectares of wilderness by 2015
    24. 24. PAN Parks contributions
    25. 25. Pro-biodiversity business examplesWilderness for people – people for wildernessBorjomi-Kharagauli NP © Kote GabrichidzeTourism / Finance, investment / Forestry
    26. 26. PAN Parks contributions Developing research agenda for wilderness • What the benefits of wilderness protection are • Joint report with Society for Conservation Biology • Wilderness Resource BankFulufjallet NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto
    27. 27. Wilderness Funding ProgrammeArchipelago NP © Janne GörlingFR event in the House of Lords, Londonspecies protection / training / interpretation
    28. 28. AwarenessPromoting wilderness on social mediaFacebook, Twitter, Linkedin, PinterestYoutube.com
    29. 29. PAN Parks contributionsWilderness is closer than you think!
    30. 30. International Year of WildernessPaanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk
    31. 31. WILD10, Salamanca, October 2013Oulanka NP © Kimmo Salminen
    32. 32. Linkage with Europarc FederationCharter for sustainable tourism /Transboundary protection / EEIG forSoomaa NP © Arne Ader
    33. 33. 5% vision – moral argument 23 October: EEA reported 21% protection inRetezat NP © Mihai Moiceanu Europe! Is 5% too much?
    34. 34. THANK YOU!www.panparks.org
    35. 35. PAN Parks works to protect Europe’swilderness, the continent’s mostundisturbed areas of nature http://panparks.org http://facebook.com/panparks http://panparks.org/user/register http://linkedin.com/panparksgroup http://youtube.com/user/PANParkshttp://storiesofwilderness.panparks.org http://mymillionproject.ning.com info@panparks.org

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