The Gorgany Wilderness in the Ukraine  contains rare primeval well protected forest with a relict tree species such as – Swiss pine. Peculiar and diverse landscape has a high number of rare, relict or endemic species. Diverse flora of the Gorgany Wilderness includes 459 species, including 72 rare plants species and 35 species of plants listed in the Red Book of Ukraine. Over 1500 species of vertebrate and invertebrate are registered within the Gorgany Wilderness and on the adjacent areas and 55 of them are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine.

Gorgany Wilderness audited

The Gorgany Wilderness has a very good Wilderness potential. A significant part of this area is covered by old-growth, primeval conifer as well as broadleaf forests. The area provides a safe refuge for native populations of all typical Carpathian carnivores such as brown bear, wolf, wildcat and lynx. The Gorgany Wilderness is road less and without any management intervention for several decades. Furthermore, there was only limited human impact over the last 60 years because strictly regulated access of visitors.

Conclusions of the European Wilderness Quality Standard Quick-Audit

The Gorgany Wilderness will be categorised as a Certified Wilderness Bronze Candidate due to its quality and size. Effective immediately Gorgany Wilderness will be a member of the European Wilderness Network.  It is necessary to look for co-funding for the European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit planned in 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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