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Global diversity of Wilderness definitions

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Global diversity of Wilderness definitions

Wilderness is a complex issue around the globe, so it is no surprise that there are several Wilderness definitions, which slightly differ case by case. Generally, we can say that Wilderness definitions worldwide focus on strictly protected nature. However, there is a slight difference if you go from definition to definition and search for small – but at the end very important – details. Details which make a big difference in the implementation process and result in different qualities of Wilderness. There is currently no consensus on how...

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Fight for Wilderness in Bitterroot National Forest, USA

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Fight for Wilderness in Bitterroot National Forest, USA

The process of protecting Wilderness in the United States has become an inspiration for many people worldwide. The National Wilderness Preservation System includes more than 50 million hectares of protected Wilderness today. Nevertheless, the struggle to protect the last remnants of Wilderness in this country is still ongoing. Our colleagues in Montana, Mr. Van Keele and Mrs. Karen Savory, illustrated the complexity of this process and shared their experiences in Bitterroot Wilderness with us. This is what they had to tell: Bitterroot...

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Pipeline expansion in Canada threatens Wilderness and First Nation land

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Pipeline expansion in Canada threatens Wilderness and First Nation land

Canada is moving forward with its expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which crosses both Alberta and British Columbia for a length of over 1 000 km. The subsequent development and the risk of oil spills endanger Wilderness and people’s livelihoods across these two provinces, including the environment of Jasper National Park. The expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline will carry three times as much oil from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific. And, it will use ports in the ecologically precious Salish Sea for shipping and export. The pipeline...

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Forest recovery in Majella National Park

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Forest recovery in Majella National Park

Spontaneous forest recovery in Majella National Park is just astonishing. One can observe it if you visit this area more times with let’s say at least with one decade break in between. However, even better is if you compare the pictures from several decades ago and go to the place where they were taken. In that moment you start to recognise how forest distributions is changing. It is a unique experience if you manage to collect a set of pictures more than 50 – 80 or even 100 years old. Not easy, but worthy. Majella National Park is an...

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To Spare or Share Wilderness

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To Spare or Share Wilderness

An interesting article was written by Fred Pearce: Sparing vs. Sharing: The Great Debate Over How to Protect Nature, was published in December 2018 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. That text analyzed two alternatives for how we should protect nature – either by Sparing or by Sharing. Bistrishko Branishte nature reserve, Bulgaria The author in that text looked over what is the best way to save nature: whether to cordon off areas for parks and open space or to integrate conservation measures on the land that is...

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What is Wilderness character?

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What is Wilderness character?

What characterizes Wilderness? For those who care passionately about Wilderness, it seems that this question is an important part of their agenda Especially in the U.S., Wilderness character is an important topic, because the central role of the U.S. Wilderness Act is to preserve Wilderness character. So let’s have a look what Wilderness character means in the U.S. and what it should mean in Europe (hypothetically). Wilderness character in the U.S Wilderness character as an issue arose in U.S. after the Wilderness Act was approved in 1964....

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Wilderness is a window to the past

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Wilderness is a window to the past

When I was young, my great-grandfather, a forester, told me that this Wild Valley used to be even more wild when he was my age. No roads, no logging, no air pollution. Even hunters only used this land rarely. It was too remote and wild. To get to this Wild Valley was at least a 2-day trip one way, the round trip taking a minimum of 4 days. One would usually use a pack horse to carry food and an axe to clean the trail, all while sleeping in the forest. What we have lost in the Wild Valley The lower part of the foothills was covered by lowland...

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EU continues to overfish marine Wilderness

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EU continues to overfish marine Wilderness

The European Union sets annual fishing quota in the “exclusive economic zone” (the sea zone belonging to EU member states) for all member states. In 2013, the European parliament committed to lower quotas to sustainable levels from 2015 on, so that fish population could recover until 2020. “As of 2015, the principle of maximum sustainable yield shall apply, which means that each year we do not harvest more fish than a stock can reproduce. Our objective is that depleted fish stocks recover by 2020. Not only nature will benefit, but also...

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Challenges to protect Slovak Paradise

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Challenges to protect Slovak Paradise

The European Wilderness Society and Slovak Paradise National Park have a successful partnership for several years. Slovak paradise proved that they do not only commit to manage this iconic protected area well, but are also enthusiatic to protect Wilderness. Wilderness in Slovensky raj (Slovakian for Slovak Paradise) is inherited from the previous generations of land owners and foresters. Small fragments of self-willed land survived, while people living in this part of Slovakia significantly impacted the land for the last four to five...

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Slovakian Wilderness under threat

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Slovakian Wilderness under threat

Slovakia has a great potential to become an important partner in the quest to protect European Wilderness. There are some areas in the country under strict non-intervention regime already for several decades. According official statistics, Slovakia legally designated almost 2% of its territory to a non-intervention regime. This Slovakian Wilderness can be found mainly in the core zones of national and nature parks, but also in the smaller isolated strict reserves scattered all over the country. However, reality is that the areas with...

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