Wilderness and the future of nature conservation in Europe


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This presentation was provided during the annual conference of Austrian National Parks in Hainburg on 12 December 2012. The conference was attended by roughly 150 people among them managers of several potential PAN Parks.

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  • Taking picture of people raising hands There are three elements of my presentation: what is PAN Parks? What is our concept of combining wilderness and tourism? Introduction into our tourism model and explaining experiences Before starting ask personal introduction or at least which countries the participants are coming from Expectations maybe from 2-3 people
  • We need more partners to not see this tombstone in reality
  • Compared to other PAs
  • There are not too many areas, but we are going to get 2 more in this year (Kure Mountains and Dzukija) and there are more potential PAN Parks There are a few countries where having PAN Parks wilderness is not possible, but there is wilderness The Million Target
  • 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
  • Other special exciting activities in PAN Parks
  • Local tourism partners are not that much different in more and less developed countries. They struggle very similar problems and need very similar trainings.
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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...
  • When we say undisturbed what do we mean?
  • 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’
  • 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
  • Wilderness and the future of nature conservation in Europe

    1. 1. Soomaa NP © Arne Ader
    2. 2. Wilderness , Wild Europe Initiative and the future of nature conservation in Europe Executive Director Zoltán Kun, PAN Parks FoundationPaanajärvi NP © Viktor Gritsuk
    3. 3. Will true wilderness play a role in thefuture of Europe’s nature conservation?
    4. 4. How much wilderness is needed in Europe
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. What is PAN Parks? The European Wilderness Preservatio n System
    7. 7. 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, WWF • led to forming Wild Europe InitiativePaanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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 (next presentation)
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. IUCN / WCPA another major player We need to speak one voice for wilderness • this approach enable better communication and knowledge about wilderness in the Pan-European WCPA region and will contribute to reaching our conservation objectivesOulanka NP © Paavo Hamunen
    15. 15. PAN Parks contributions in 2013Retezat NP © Andreas Beckmann
    16. 16. The PAN Parks Concept An area of at least 10,000 hectares of land or sea, with its native plant and animal communities and their associated ecosystems, in an essentially natural stateOulanka NP © Hannu Hautala
    17. 17. The PAN Parks Concept We help to increase the management effectiveness of the areas through third party audit based on Principles and CriteriaCentral Balkan © Nanko Minkov
    18. 18. The PAN Parks Concept We help develop these areas through • active promotion of local and sustainable tourism and • raising awareness and creating positive perception of wildernessOulanka NP © Michael Hennemann
    19. 19. 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
    20. 20. Analysing legal protection under the current nature directivesBorjomi-Kharagauli NP © Konstantin Gabrichidze
    21. 21. Promoting N2000 guidance documentFulufjället NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto/exuviaphoto.com
    22. 22. Collecting best-practice for mgmtPeneda-Geres NP © Marcos Veiga
    23. 23. Contributing to wilderness registerArchipelago NP © Janne Görling
    24. 24. Pro-biodiversity business examplesWilderness for people – people for wildernessBorjomi-Kharagauli NP © Kote GabrichidzeTourism / Finance, investment / Forestry
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. Wilderness Funding ProgrammeArchipelago NP © Janne GörlingFR event in the House of Lords, Londonspecies protection / training / interpretation
    27. 27. AwarenessPromoting wilderness on social mediaFacebook, Twitter, Linkedin, PinterestYoutube.com
    28. 28. International Year of WildernessIrish EC Presidency ConferenceWilderness in modified landscapewith multiplied public benefitsPaanajärvi NP ©Viktor GritsukMay 2013
    29. 29. Run up for WILD10 conference Salamanca, Spain in October 2013 Be there through wild10.orgOulanka NP © Kimmo Salminen
    30. 30. 5% vision – moral argument 23 October: EEA reported 21% protection inRetezat NP © Mihai Moiceanu Europe! Is 5% too much?
    31. 31. Wilderness host important species and even more species dependent on wilderness during breeding Wilderness is a scarce resource in Europe! According to the European Parliament’s report on wilderness in 2009 less than 1% of Europe’s land territory©iStock/Graeme Purdy
    32. 32. The argumentAccording to the EuropeanEnvironmental Agency roughly5% of Europe’s landterritory is covered withcomplete artificialsurface: infrastructure,housing, industryWe have the MORALobligation to increase the 1%wilderness to 5% in order tocompensate our 5% artificialsurface footprint on ourcontinent Fulufjallet NP © Vitantonio Dell’Orto
    33. 33. The Million Project of PAN Parks Foundation is the first step towards the 5% One step: 1 million hectare One goal: 5% of Europe - the size of Spain One organisation but several supporting partners across EuropeOulanka NP ©Michael Hennemann
    34. 34. Wilderness is beautiful! We need to tell its story! PAN Parks tells the story of European wildernessSoomaa NP © Arne Ader
    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
    36. 36. THANK YOU!www.panparks.org