Presentation to Wilderness Foundation UK

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This presentation was provided to the Board of the Wilderness Foundation Uk in London on 28 September. The intention is to create a partnership with WF UK along our commonalities and synergy. The partnership can cover fundraising and communication aspects too.
We are looking for other partners as well throughout Europe!

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  • I will speak about our roadmap to change and how we (together with you) enhance wilderness protection in Europe.
  • But do we actually deliver on this if we keep focusing only on verification?
  • Board + EU/EP + WWF number of protected areas increased in past decades currently 17% of Europe’s land is protected Europe has failed to stop the decline of biodiversity our conclusion is: PAs do not work in their current form, so we need:
  • Board + WWF
  • Board + EU/EP + WWF We have to work with already protected improve management effectiveness, involve local communities in the management (visitor management), increase the public support (awareness raising through making visitation possible -> tourism model) and create new funding opportunities for protection (in the current economic decline there are budget cuts and the gap might be filled through tourism related incomes)  
  • Board + EU/EP + WWF Why we believe this is an important direction. Why we think working in already protected areas is essential. there are actual and very concrete threats to protected areas, which requires stronger protection increased poaching due to economic decline (Central Balkan NP) dam building in Kure Mountains National Park ski resort in Pirin NP large scale logging in Tatra NP road building in Domogled National Park
  • WWF
  • Board + EU/EP + WWF With whom we need to cooperate to treach our goal
  • We have to work with already protected improve management effectiveness, involve local communities in the management (visitor management), increase the public support (awareness raising through making visitation possible -> tourism model) and create new funding opportunities for protection (in the current economic decline there are budget cuts and the gap might be filled through tourism related incomes)  
  • Compared to other PAs
  • Compared to other PAs
  • We should celebrate the centenial together
  • 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
  • Presentation to Wilderness Foundation UK

    1. 1. Fulufjället NP ©Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com
    2. 2. Paanajärvi NP © Viktor Gritsuk Zoltan Kun, Executive Director PAN Parks Foundation THE MILLION PROJECT
    3. 4. Paanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk What we do <ul><li>PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness , </li></ul><ul><li>the continent’s most undisturbed areas of natur e </li></ul><ul><li>t he only European-wide organisation focusing on the protection of wilderness areas </li></ul>
    4. 5. Archipelago NP © Seppo Keränen Stopping biodiversity loss <ul><li>increasing number of protected areas </li></ul><ul><li>17% of Europe’s land is protected </li></ul><ul><li>BUT Europe failed to stop biodiversity loss </li></ul>
    5. 6. Fulufjallet NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto Why focusing on wilderness? Protecting wilderness contributes to biodiversity protection
    6. 7. Why focusing on protected areas? <ul><li>improve management effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>involve local communities </li></ul><ul><li>increase public support </li></ul><ul><li>create new funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>⋙ PAN Parks concept </li></ul>Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis
    7. 8. Network of certified PAN Parks
    8. 9. ©iStock/Graeme Purdy <ul><li>237 000 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness momentum </li></ul><ul><li>European Parliament’s special report on wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>European Commission- ‘Agenda for Wilderness’ </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness in Biodiversity Strategy </li></ul>W hat we have achieved so far
    9. 10. Threats to protected areas <ul><li>increased poaching due to economic decline - Central Balkan NP, Bulgaria </li></ul><ul><li>dam building in Küre Mountains National Park, Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>ski resort in Pirin NP, Bulgaria </li></ul><ul><li>large scale logging in Tatra NP, Slovakia </li></ul><ul><li>road building in Domogled National Park, Montenegro </li></ul>
    10. 11. Archipelago NP © Seppo Keränen The Million Project To e nsure guaranteed protection of 1 million hectares of wilderness in Europe by 2015
    11. 12. <ul><li>Collect & promote scientific information evidence of wilderness benefits & services </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate creat ion of new protected wilderness areas </li></ul><ul><li>E ncourage managers of smaller areas to take steps towards more natural processes (evolutionary) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the awareness on Europe’s existing wilderness and get wider support </li></ul>Expected conservation benefits
    12. 13. Rila NP © Nicolas Cegalerba Target groups <ul><li>protected area managers </li></ul><ul><li>green NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>policy/decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>researchers/academics </li></ul><ul><li>educational institutions </li></ul><ul><li>existing and potential travellers/visitors </li></ul><ul><li>tourism professionals </li></ul><ul><li>nature minded activitists </li></ul><ul><li>financial donors </li></ul>
    13. 14. W hat is w ilderness? <ul><li>nature is left to develop on its own </li></ul><ul><li>native species, animals roam free </li></ul><ul><li>no human intervention </li></ul>Oulanka NP ©Hannu Hautala
    14. 15. How we protect Europe’s wilderness Majella NP ©MNP <ul><li>CONSERVATION </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring commitment of protected areas to preserve wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>Improving wilderness management in partner protected areas </li></ul>
    15. 16. Paanajärvi NP © PNP Archives Conservation approach Building partnerships with protected areas that join our Europe-wide wilderness movement
    16. 17. Conservation partnerships Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis <ul><li>Wilderness partners: </li></ul><ul><li>areas with wilderness committed to wilderness protection </li></ul><ul><li>(no size criteria) </li></ul><ul><li>Certified PAN Parks: branded parks with min. 10,000 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>(best of Europe’s wilderness) </li></ul>
    17. 18. Retezat NP © Mihai Moiceanu Wilderness partners <ul><li>can join ‘The Million Project’ </li></ul><ul><li>sign a commitment to preserve their wilderness area </li></ul><ul><li>identify the major risk of the long term preservation of their wilderness area and possible ways of cooperation with PAN Parks in protecting it </li></ul>
    18. 19. Polistovsky Nature Reserve, Russia <ul><li>Natural ecosystem dynamics of raised bogs </li></ul><ul><li>37,000 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>challenge with invasive species like racoon dog </li></ul>
    19. 20. Lagodekhi National Park, Georgia <ul><li>Unique wilderness untouched for 99 years </li></ul><ul><li>22,258 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>potential for tri-lateral wilderness area </li></ul>
    20. 21. Retezat NP ©iStock/Falk Kienas Rodna National Park, Romania <ul><li>Interested also in becoming a Certified PAN Park </li></ul><ul><li>6,000 ha of wilderness with the opportunity to enlarge </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges with ecosystem monitoring and species management </li></ul>
    21. 22. Swiss National Park, Switzerland <ul><li>One of the oldest European example of wilderness management </li></ul><ul><li>17,600 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>main interest in research </li></ul><ul><li>challenge with lack of resources </li></ul><ul><li>centennial in 2014 </li></ul>
    22. 23. Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Kote Gabrichidze What did we gain so far <ul><li>increased wilderness coverage to 320,000 </li></ul><ul><li>greater interest from the NGO and GO sectors </li></ul><ul><li>increased interest from the corporate sector </li></ul>
    23. 24. What do we need yet? Retezat NP ©iStock/Falk Kienas <ul><li>partners to increase the coverage to 1 million hectares </li></ul><ul><li>partners to increase public awareness </li></ul><ul><li>research partners </li></ul><ul><li>fundraising partners and... </li></ul><ul><li>DONORS </li></ul>
    24. 25. Paanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk We can protect the last pieces of Europe’s wilderness together for future generations! Protecting wilderness together
    25. 26. PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature www.panparks.org http://www.facebook.com/panparks http://linkedin.com/panparks http://www.panparks.org/user/register [email_address]

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