Wilderness and WILDIslands, WILDForests, WILDCoasts and WILDRivers

The recent announcement that the enlargement of the European Wilderness Network will include not only Wilderness but also WILDIslands, WILDForests, WILDCoasts and WILDRivers is filing a important gap in the Wilderness conservation in Europe.

The Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System did not completely fit to the diversity and variability of habitats and ecosystems (forest, coast, islands) in Europe. Many times the current Wilderness criteria (size or Wilderness stewardship) did not fully respect their peculiarity…

Max Rossberg
Chairman of the European Wilderness Society

Europe´s Beech forest is one example of this challenge. The work done in the previous years on this issuesby a group of enthusiastic people opened also new challenges for the European Wilderness Society.

More specific about this subject can be found here: 

Vilm Resolution 2016 of the European Beech Forest Network

Beech Forests of Europe – Further Sites for the WH list?

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

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