The Million Project

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This presentation was used during the 10th Europe's Wilderness Days to launch The Million Project which aims at guaranteeing the protection of at least 1 million hectares of wilderness in Europe by 2015. It allows organisations and individuals to join our effort to strengthen wilderness protection on our continent. Enjoy reading and promoting The Million Project

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The Million Project

  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. 3. 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. 4. Network of certified PAN Parks
  5. 5. ©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
  6. 6. Archipelago NP © Seppo Keränen The Million Project To e nsure guaranteed protection of 1 million hectares of wilderness in Europe by 2015
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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>
  9. 9. Paanajärvi NP © PNP Archives Conservation approach Building partnerships with protected areas that join our Europe-wide wilderness movement
  10. 10. 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>
  11. 11. 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>
  12. 12. Polistovsky Nature Reserve, Russia <ul><li>Natural ecosystem dynamics of raised bogs </li></ul><ul><li>52,000 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>challenge with invasive species like racoon dog </li></ul>
  13. 13. 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>
  14. 14. Retezat NP ©iStock/Falk Kienas Rodna National Park, Romania <ul><li>Interested also in becoming a Certified PAN Park </li></ul><ul><li>6000 ha of wilderness with the opportunity to enlarge </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges with ecosystem monitoring and species management </li></ul>
  15. 15. 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>
  16. 16. Borjomi-Kharagauli NP © Kote Gabrichidze Benefits of becoming a Wilderness Partner <ul><li>international recognition </li></ul><ul><li>technical support in wilderness m anagement </li></ul><ul><li>support in lobbying at decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity for expertise exchange </li></ul>
  17. 17. Rila NP © Nicolas Cegalerba Certified PAN Parks <ul><li>Our wilderness partners can become certified parks if they </li></ul><ul><li>have min. 10,000 ha of wilderness </li></ul><ul><li>go through third party verification </li></ul><ul><li>(also sustainable tourism development strategy) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Extra benefits for certified PAN Parks Retezat NP ©iStock/Falk Kienas <ul><li>use of the brand (also in the field) </li></ul><ul><li>marketing benefits, promotion (PAN Parks communications tools) </li></ul><ul><li>enhanced cooperation with local businesses (can also be certified) </li></ul><ul><li>tourism model (cooperation with international tour operators) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Paanajärvi NP ©Viktor Gritsuk We can protect the last pieces of Europe’s wilderness together for future generations! Protecting wilderness together
  20. 20. PAN Parks works to protect Europe’s wilderness , the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature www.panparks.org

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