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
Kure Daglari TR A II 37000 15758 TRUE TRUE
Sultan Sazligi TR B II 24523 0 FALSE
Kevon luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 71276 0 FALSE
Sompion luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 17928 0 FALSE
Maltion luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 14755 0 FALSE
VŠrrišn luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 12479 0 FALSE
Runkauksen luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 7049 0 TRUE FALSE
Olvassuon luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 6642 0 TRUE FALSE
Pisavaaran luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 4887 0 FALSE
Krunnien luonnonsuojelualue* FI A Ia 4428 0 FALSE
Mallan luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 3080 0 FALSE
Paljakan luonnonpuisto FI A/B Ia 2953 0 TRUE FALSE
puisto) FI B Ia 2529 0 TRUE FALSE
soidensuojelualue FI B VI 2549 0 FALSE
Valsšrarna Ð Bjšrkšgrunden* FI A Ib 15011 0 TRUE FALSE
Ruunaan luonnonsuojelualue FI A/B Ib 7357 0 FALSE
Lemmenjoen kansallispuisto FI A/B II 285940 0 FALSE
Urho Kekkosen kansallispuisto FI A/B II 254898 0 TRUE FALSE
Pallas-YllŠstunturin kansallispuisto FI A/B II 102236 0 FALSE
SelkŠmeren kansallispuisto FI A/B II 91563 0 FALSE
Saaristomeren kansallispuisto FI A II 50170 10600 TRUE FALSE
Syštteen kansallispuisto FI A/B II 30052 0 TRUE FALSE
Oulangan kansallispuisto FI B II 27990 12924 TRUE FALSE
PerŠmeren kansallispuisto FI A/B II 15005 0 TRUE FALSE
PyhŠ-Luoston kansallispuisto FI A/B II 14387 0 FALSE
Patvinsuon kansallispuisto FI A/B II 10544 0 FALSE
Linnansaaren kansallispuisto FI A/B II 9600 0 FALSE
Riisitunturin kansallispuisto FI A/B II 7644 0 TRUE FALSE
SalamajŠrven kansallispuisto FI A/B II 6266 0 FALSE
kansallispuisto FI A/B II 6200 0 FALSE


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