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PAN Parks set out to protect Europe's wilderness by creating a network of large well-managed wilderness protected areas which would provide a unique experience for visitors; and benefits for local communities. These certified parks all include a significant wilderness area in their core.
PAN Parks Wilderness areas are places where natural processes and wildlife thrive and people are occasional and respectful visitors. PAN Parks defines wilderness as an area of at least 10.000 hectares of land or sea, which together with its native plant and animal communities and their associated ecosystems, is in an essentially natural state. These wilderness areas are those lands that have been least modified by man, they represent the most intact and undisturbed expanses of Europe's remaining natural landscapes.
There is no extractive use allowed within these areas, which means that activities such as hunting, fishing, mining, logging, grazing, grass cutting, road and building construction are not accepted inside of the wilderness area. However, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy PAN Parks Wilderness without prior experience or special equipment, and many locations on the edges of PAN Parks Wilderness area offer stunning views, short walks, and visitor facilities.
The network of certified PAN Parks represents unique examples of Europe's wilderness. In Peneda Geres NP, Portugal the PAN Parks Wilderness area includes the last remnants of native forest in the country, PAN Parks Wilderness in Borjomi-Kharagauli NP, Georgia, Fulufjället NP, Sweden, Rila NP, Bulgaria or Majella NP, Italy, all provide unique un-fragmented examples of wilderness complexes. PAN Parks Wilderness in Archipelago, Finland, provides an exceptional example of a no fishing zone in the Baltic Sea.
We try to include as many services of PAN Parks certified local business partners as possible in our products. The tours we develop in co-operation with PAN Parks are based in the parks or in the so-called PAN Parks regions around the parks.
By visiting the PAN Parks destinations with us you are financially supporting Europe's wilderness, as all trips include a contribution dedicated to the Foundation.