During the field research of the European Wilderness Society it became quickly apparent that WILDCoasts are extremely rare in Europe!

The field research revealed not only that WILDCoasts are extremely rare in Europe but also that beside a few marine protected areas the remnants of the WILDCoasts are often not protected at all. The research also showed is that even in existing protected areas only a small percentage of the WILDCcoast line is protected at all. That is one of the reason why WILDCoast was included as one of top priorities to the work of European Wilderness Society! Vlado Vancura, Deputy Chairman of European Wilderness Society.

The field research was conducted by the European Wilderness Society while visiting several protected areas in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. With the support of the local park management the team was able to visit and view different the core zones and visited several WILDCoast areas.

The result was that these protected areas with many kilometres of WILDCoasts can become very good examples of this new wilderness category recently developed by the European Wilderness Society.

As an example, Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft is situated along the coast of the Baltic Sea. It consists of several peninsulas, islands and lagoon shore areas in the Baltic Sea. The National Park is characterised by very shallow water home to a very unique coastal fauna. All portions of the National Park are famous for being a resting place for tens of thousands of cranesand geese. More information can be found here

 

 

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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