European Wilderness Academy Dayst

For several years now, the team members of the European Wilderness Society have been building up the European Wilderness Preservation System. This unique network of audited Wilderness according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard has now smashed the 300.000 ha barrier. Just this year alone the

  • Hohe Tauern Wilderness,
  • the Kalkalpen Wilderness and
  • the Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness with a total of Full-Audited 22,831 ha of Wilderness joined the European Wilderness Preservation System.

In addition,

  • the Homul Wilderness,
  • Synevyr Wilderness,
  • Gorgany Wilderness,
  • Uholka Wilderness and
  • Königsbrücker Heide Wilderness contributed another 32,802 ha to this unique Wilderness network, bringing the total now to more than 313,993 ha of audited wilderness according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System.

Our objective for 2020 is 500,000 ha and by 2030 1,000,000 ha of audited Wilderness meeting the European Wilderness Quality Standard. If we achieve this, we will have identified, designated and protected a significant of part of the remaining Wilderness in Europe. Please help us in this great task and Let´s get wild. By the way, PanParks already used the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System to audit their Wilderness partner areas.

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Hohe Tauern Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit Gold category A wilderness of glaciated land of 8,465 ha embedded into the National Park Hohe Tauern, Austria. Wilderness was audited in 2015 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society.
Kalkalpen Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit Platinum Category Kalkalpen Wilderness of 13,034 ha is embedded in the Nationalpark Kalkalpen, Austria. Wilderness was audited in 2015 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society.
Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit Bronze Category Zacharovanyy Kray Wilderness of 1,332 ha is embedded in the Zacharovanyy Kray National Park, Ukraine. Wilderness was audited in 2015 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society.
Central Balkan Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The 21,019 ha of Central Balkan Wilderness is embedded in the Central Balkan National Park, Bulgaria. It was audited in 2003 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks. A European Wilderness Quality Standard Renewal-Audit is scheduled for 2017.
Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit This 50,325 ha Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness in Georgia is embedded in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. It was audited in 2006 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Kure Mountains Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The 26,283 ha of Kure Mountain Wilderness is embedded in the Kure Mountains National Park in Turkey and was audited in 2012 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Oulanka Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The 12,924 ha large Oulanka Wilderness is embedded in the Oulanka National Park in Finland. It was one of the first Wilderness to be audited in 2002 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Soomaa Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The 11.000 ha large Sooma Wilderness is part of the Sooma National Park in Estonia. It was audited in 2009 under EWQA by PAN Parks.
Rila Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The Rila Wilderness encompasses 16,350 ha of excellent Wilderness embedded in Rila National Park, Bulgaria and was audited in 2005 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Retezat Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The 14,215 ha Retezat Wilderness is embedded in Retezat National Park in Romania and was audited in 2004 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks. The park is scrutiny to several complaints of legal and illegal logging activities. Their certification and membership in the European Wilderness Preservation System will be reviewed in 2017.
Majella Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The Majella Wilderness with a size of 25,500 ha is embedded in Majella National Park, Italy. The area was audited in 2005 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks and was the inspiration for the European Wilderness Preservation System.
Peneda Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The Peneda Wilderness 5, 000 ha is embedded into the Peneda National Park, Portugal and was audited in 2008 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Archipelago Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The Archipelago Wilderness of 10,600 ha is a marine/land wilderness at the tip of Finland. It is also embedded into the Archipelago National Park. It was audited in 2007 under EWQA by PAN Parks.
Fulufjället Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit The 22,140 ha large Fulufjället Wilderness in Sweden is embedded in the Fulufjället National Park and was audited in 2002 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Paanajarvi Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit This 30,000 ha of Paanajarvi Wilderness is embedded in the Paanajarvi National Park in Russia and was audited in 2005 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Cepkeliai-Dzukia Wilderness EWQA Full-Audit This 13,004 ha of Dzukia Wilderness is embedded in the 69,745 ha large Cepkeliai-Dzukia National Park in Lithuania and was audited in 2011 under EWQA 1.0 by PAN Parks.
Uholka Wilderness EWQA Quick-Audit The Uholka Wilderness of 8,958 ha in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine is one of the largest unfragmented and untouched beech forest Wilderness in Europe. The area was Quick-Audited in 2016 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society. A Wilderness Full-Audit is scheduled for 2017.
Gorgany Wilderness EWQA Quick-Audit The 5,344 ha large Gorgany Wilderness is part of the Gorgany Strict Reserve, Ukraine. The area was Quick-Audited in 2016 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society. A Wilderness Full-Audit is scheduled for 2017.
Synevyr Wilderness EWQA Quick-Audit The 3,000 ha large Synevyr Wilderness is embedded in the Synevyr National Park, Ukraine. The area was Quick-Audited in 2016 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society. A Wilderness Full-Audit is scheduled for 2017.
Königsbrücker Heide Wilderness EWQA Quick-Audit The 7,000 ha of Königsbrücker Heide Wilderness is located in a Königsbrücker Heide Nature Reserve, Germany covering a former military training ground. The area was Quick-Audited in 2014 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society.
Hoverla Wilderness EWQA Quick-Audit The 4,400 ha large Hoverla Wilderness is part of the Carpathian National Nature Park, Ukraine. The area was Quick-Audited in 2016 according to the European Wilderness Quality Standard by the European Wilderness Society. A Wilderness Full-Audit is scheduled for 2017.

 

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Max A. E. Rossberg is an avid WIlderness Advocates with extensive experience in Sustainable Tourism Strategies and Multistakeholder planning processes.

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