On the 28th of October 2019 Hohe Tauern National Park celebrated the awarding of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 1b Wilderness Status for the ‘Sulzbachtäler’ Wilderness. This full day event took place
Typically invasive alien species are bad. Known to cause many species declines and in turn extinctions, they overwhelm or out complete local species. Unfortunately man’s best friend, the domesticated dog, is an alien to many
The European Wilderness Quality Standard as well as the IUCN protected areas categories, particularly category Ia and Ib, designate and protect Wilderness in Europe. The European Wilderness Quality Standard is based on the European definition of
In 2013 the Wilderness Working Group (WWG) published an official European Wilderness definition. This definition builds on the IUCN definition for category Ib “Wilderness Areas”. The European Commission further agreed upon this WWG Wilderness definition.
IUCN have produced a new report which enables protected area management teams to assess how natural areas can benefit people. 20 international experts compared nine tools to assess ecosystem services. This can be used to
Charles Besancon is a Specialist in Strategic Conservation Planning and Assessment and gives trainings on developing management plans for protected areas around the world. He was and is working around the globe and will work
A recently published IUCN report states that about 18% of the assessed European saproxylic beetles are at risk of extinction. This can be led back to an ongoing decline in large old trees all across
In January 2017 a new IUCN-WCPA’s Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines titled – Wilderness Protected Areas: Management guidelines for IUCN Category 1b was published. It is very first IUCN Wilderness management Guidelines focusing on Category
Little Sydney – Protecting Nature in Europe IUCN and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), in conjunction with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water, and the Donau-Auen National Park,
Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage
Wilderness Specialist Group is looking for volunteer
Last Friday our colleague Luke reported from Paris that the IUCN released its assessment recommendations for the World Heritage Committee and outright rejected Australia’s proposal to remove the wild forests from Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage
Has Tony Abbott ever heard of the so-called green economy?
The first protected area, the Yellowstone National Park, was set up in the 19th century. In the 20th century there was a boom in setting up protected areas as a believed key to halt biodiversity loss. How will protected areas look like in the 21st century?
Tourism is a growing sector worldwide – people are increasingly looking for outdoor experience in a natural environment where they can enjoy and learn about the nature and history of the places they visit. Natural and cultural values are usually best preserved in protected areas and along national borders.
Based on translation on topky.sk There are more and more evidences that short-term financial interest overrides biodiversity and Wilderness protection across Europe! In a recent news, the Tatra National Park (aka TANAP) in Slovakia is