The issue of the size for European Wilderness areas is a complex topic. An international team of experts vividly discussed this recently. Some of them welcomed a new opportunity also for smaller areas to join the European Wilderness Network. Others suggested to particularly highlight the importance of the large Wilderness areas. One argument is that Europe needs large Wilderness areas (more than 10 000 ha) as a model and motivation for park managers to work more widely for Wilderness conservation.
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Wilderness should be large!
That was the recommendation of participants at the interactive workshop “Natura 2000 management” held in Alba-Iulia, Romania in February 2014.
More Wilderness areas means not only more parks managers involved to the Wilderness management. It also means more opportunity for visitors to experience this unique model of biodiversity conservation. This is a particularly truth when the Wilderness conservation is based on the concept of Wilderness continuum step-wise approach. There even smaller areas are able to join the Wilderness family with intention to motivate them to share experience and also gradually improve their Wilderness Quality Standard!
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