European Wilderness Register Database

on the 3 February 2009: The “European Parliament Resolution on Wilderness in Europe” was passed, which calls on the EU Commission to:

  • Develop a clear definition of wilderness
  • Mandate the EEA and other relevant European bodies to map the last wilderness areas in Europe.
  • Undertake a study on the values and benefits of wilderness.
  • Develop an EU wilderness strategy.
  • Develop wilderness areas and carefully manage re-wilding areas.
  • Promote the values of wilderness and launch information campaigns to raise awareness about wilderness and its significance.

Under the EUContract No: 07.0307/2011/610387/SER/B.3 a mapping of potential Wildernes sin Europe was completed by October 2013. the report identified 522 Wilderness and Wild Areas in 27 EU Countries with a potential to meet the European Wilderness Quality Standard. The surprising finding was that 284 Wilderness had the potential to meet the more stringent Gold/Platinum Standard (Wilderness) and 238 were ideally suited to meet the Bronze/Silver Standard (Wild area).

This listed is now for the first time online, since we believe it urgently needs to be updated and modified. The European Wilderness Society is contributing to this list continuously and would appreciate if other wilderness oriented NGOs and GOs could do the same. For this we added a feedback form in which you can provide us feedback concerning the Wilderness in the database.


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Total Records Found: 515, showing 30 per page
Area IDSite nameCountryWilderness CatIUCN CatArea size (ha)Wilderness size (ha)EWQANatura 2000
0 Hoverla Wilderness UA A Ia 51570 4400 TRUE
Parco nazionale dell'Alta Murgia IT B II 68033 20609 TRUE TRUE
Jav'reoaivit NO A/B Ia 3188 0 TRUE FALSE
Val d'Agri-Lagonegrese IT B II 68996 14787 TRUE TRUE
Synevyr Wilderness UA A Ia 43041 3000 TRUE
Uholka Wilderness UA A Ia 57880 8958 TRUE
Paanajarvi NP RU A Ib 104000 30000 TRUE TRUE
Zacharovanyy Kray NNP UA A Ia 6101 1332 TRUE -
Cepkeliai - Dzukia LT A II 69745 13004 TRUE TRUE
Archipelago NP FI A Ia 50000 10600 TRUE TRUE
KšnigsbrŸcker Heide DE B II 7000 6000 TRUE TRUE
Soomaa NP EE A Ib 39000 11000 TRUE TRUE
Nizke Tatry/J‡nska dolina SK B Ia 1696 1696 TRUE TRUE
Nizke Tatry/Ohni_te SK B Ia 852 852 TRUE TRUE
Tatransky/Z‡padnŽ Tatry-Roh‡_e SK B Ia 1433 1433 TRUE TRUE
Tatransky/Jaloveck‡ dolina SK B Ia 2531 2531 TRUE TRUE
Nizke Tatry/_umbier SK B Ia 2043 2043 TRUE TRUE
Tatransky/Roh‡_skŽ ples‡ SK B Ia 452 446 TRUE TRUE
Tatransky/Siv_ vrch SK B Ia 112 155 TRUE TRUE
Tatransky/Such‡ dolina SK B Ia 1585 1544 TRUE TRUE
Bjšrkšrs naturskyddsomrŒde FI B VI 5241 0 TRUE FALSE
Torgrundin saaristo (yhteinen vesialue FI B VI 7534 0 FALSE
Lumijoki FI B VI 3425 0 FALSE
smf) FI B VI 6925 0 FALSE
Liminganlahden luonnonsuojelualue FI B VI 4320 0 FALSE
Parco nazionale dell'Alta Murgia IT B II 68033 20609 TRUE TRUE
Val d'Agri-Lagonegrese IT B II 68996 14787 TRUE TRUE
Maddalena IT B II 20146 526 TRUE TRUE
Emiliano IT B II 22793 1122 TRUE TRUE
Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e IT B II 31038 940 TRUE TRUE


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