Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: PAN (Protected Area Network) Parks – an independent foundation aiming to create a European network of wilderness protected areas to improve nature protection through sustainable tourism development – organised a trip for decision makers to Majella National Park, Italy. The aim of the trip was to experience wilderness and to build support for wilderness areas that contribute to biodiversity protection. Inspired by the trip a Member of the European Parliament developed a special report on wilderness in Europe. The report was adopted by the European Parliament on 3 February 2009 with 538 members voting for and only 19 against.
As a member of the Wild Europe Initiative, the PAN Parks Foundation also took an active part in organising the “Conference on Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas” which brought together 250 conservation professionals and policy makers from 40 countries to discuss challenges and opportunities, and to describe the way forward for European wilderness.
For more information please visit the Countdown 2010 website.