The Million Project with PAN Parks Wilderness Definition

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This is a presentation which I prepared for the Identification and Mapping of Wilderness workshop (Brasov, Romania, 23-24 February 2012). The event was organised by WWF Danube/Carpathian Programme as part of its attempt to map wilderness areas in the Carpathian.
My main message was:
we need to be strict with our wilderness definition and true wilderness areas should join the PAN Parks' The Million Project!

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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?
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  • Fabulous mountains also host wild areas ...
  • 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)  
  • What you can do as PAs NGOs Other organisation
  • 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
  • Communications is an essential part of our work to raise professional and public support for wilderness protection. Creating positive protection of wilderness could be the basis of successful protection In order to do this we use the parks of the network as examples of the best of Europe’s wilderness ‘ You can go there and experience wilderness yourself, earn about it in the field’
  • 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
  • The Million Project with PAN Parks Wilderness Definition

    1. 1. Paanajärvi NP © Viktor Gritsuk Zoltan KUN, Executive Director PAN Parks Foundation THE MILLION PROJECT PAN Parks WILDERNESS AND ACTIVITIES
    2. 2. 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 first European-wide organisation focusing on the protection of wilderness areas </li></ul>
    3. 3. Fulufjallet NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto <ul><li>NO extractive use </li></ul><ul><li>such as: </li></ul><ul><li>hunting </li></ul><ul><li>fishing </li></ul><ul><li>mining </li></ul><ul><li>l ogging </li></ul><ul><li>grazing </li></ul><ul><li>grass cutting </li></ul><ul><li>road and building construction </li></ul><ul><li>is allowed in wilderness </li></ul>W hat is w ilderness?
    4. 4. Fulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com
    5. 5. Peneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga
    6. 6. Archipelago NP © Janne Görling
    7. 7. Archipelago NP © Janne Görling
    8. 8. Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze
    9. 9. Oulanka NP © Kimmo Salminen
    10. 10. Soomaa NP © Arne Ader
    11. 11. The Million Project Majella NP ©MNP <ul><li>Building partnerships with protected areas </li></ul><ul><li>Making a commitment to resolve a major challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Improving wilderness management in partner protected areas </li></ul>
    12. 12. Archipelago NP © Seppo Keränen The Million Project To e nsure guaranteed protection of 1 million hectares of wilderness in Europe by 2015
    13. 13. A 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>
    14. 14. Partners in The Million Project
    15. 15. ©iStock/Graeme Purdy <ul><li>340,000 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
    16. 16. Paanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk We can protect the last pieces of Europe’s wilderness together for future generations! Join us in The Million Project!
    17. 17. Our plans in 2012 and beyond <ul><li>Implement The Million Project </li></ul><ul><li>500,000 ha in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>700,000 ha in 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>1 Million ha by end of 2015 </li></ul>Oulanka NP ©Hannu Hautala
    18. 18. Rila NP © Nicolas Cegalerba <ul><li>Invest in generating public support </li></ul><ul><li>Social media campaign </li></ul><ul><li>One Million Tweets </li></ul><ul><li>1 Million People </li></ul><ul><li>European Citizens’ Initiative? </li></ul><ul><li>European Year of Wilderness in 2015 (launch in during WILD10) </li></ul>Our plans in 2012 and beyond
    19. 19. Archipelago NP © Heidi Arponen <ul><li>Mobilising more funding </li></ul><ul><li>individual donations </li></ul><ul><li>corporate donations </li></ul><ul><li>tourism related incomes </li></ul><ul><li>1 Million EUR / year -> at least 75% goes to conservation actions in the field </li></ul>Our plans in 2012 and beyond
    20. 20. Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Kote Gabrichidze The Economics of Wilderness <ul><li>Why dealing with the economics of wilderness? </li></ul><ul><li>the EP report on wilderness Calls on the Commission and Member States to co-operate with local non-governmental organisations to promote the value of wilderness (point 6) ; </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Wilderness is not a priceless heritage for future generations! </li></ul><ul><li>E uropeans are not valuing wilderness as much as they should ! </li></ul>Oulanka NP ©Michael Hennemann The Economics of Wilderness
    22. 22. Majella NP © Bruno D’Amicis <ul><li>Research & Policy </li></ul><ul><li>European Wilderness research agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping (wilderness register) </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness guidance </li></ul><ul><li>WILD10 </li></ul><ul><li>support restoration projects aiming protection </li></ul><ul><li>BE PART OF IT! </li></ul>Our plans in 2012 and beyond
    23. 24. PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature www.panparks.org

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