Land of miresThe name “Soomaa” istranslated land of mires. Thename is very accurate,because large part of NP arefreshwater wetlands.Only the bogs cover morethan half from the NP, but inaddition to bogs also theforests and grasslands andsometimes even gardens areturned into swamps becauseof the regular floods.
Soomaa NP is one of thebiggest national parks inEstonia, its total area is39 640 ha.The protection aim of theNP is to preserve mires,floodplains, forests in theTransitional forest-richzone of Estonia. 2005 1993 1981 1957 2011
PAN PARKS IN SOOMAA2007 – IDEA!?!2008 – verification contract2009 – certification of the park and 7 business partners
Wildness of Soomaa• Soomaa NP is large and unfragmented;• Soomaa NP is part of Transitional Estonia and due to that it is surrounded with forests and bogs with minimal human impacts;• The small local community has learned to live with the wilderness.
I Natural ValuesSize: 39 640 ha, fromwhich largest mire complex(core area): 11 530 haInternationalrecognition:Ramsar wetland ofinternational importanceImportant Bird AreaNatura 2000 network
II ManagementProtection rulesManagement planEnvironmental BoardState Forest ManagementCentre
III Visitor management•Protection regime anddirecting visitor flows•Maintenance of trails andother infrastructure•Nature education•Visitor monitoring andvisitor surveys•Visitor impact monitoring
IV STDS•In cooperation with localLEADER plan, Soomaa as acore area for LEADERGreen Riverland•STDS outputs developinginto legal territorialthematic plan for thecounties.
V Business Partners• Branded with nationallyrecognized sustainabletourism label.•Cooperation contract withEnvironmental Board•Approval from thecooperation panel (LPPG).
IMPACT ON TOURISM – indirect benefits from the certification• Better cooperation locally between different stakeholders;• Tourism strategy for the region -> now foundations for the thematic plan of Soomaa region;• EDEN award;• Good publicity for Soomaa through media coverage
IMPACT ON TOURISM – indirect benefits from the certificate • More publicity (articles travel magazines etc); • Shared brand and responsibility to keep the quality for the whole network; • One park markets the other; • Possibilities to share experiences about tourism development in different protected areas.
IMPACT ON TOURISM –direct benefits from the certificate• PAN Parks tourism model