Apply for verification
Wilderness protected areas can join the network of certified PAN Parks following verification. These areas represent the best of Europe’s wilderness. They are great wilderness destinations for travellers and best practice examples for conservation professionals and policy makers.
Additional benefits of becoming a PAN Park:
Certified PAN Parks represent the best of Europe’s
wilderness (Archipelago NP)
- marketing benefits, promotion through PAN Parks communications channels
- enhanced cooperation with local businesses
- possible cooperation with international tour operators
Verification is carried out by a team of independent experts, in accord with PAN Parks Principles, Criteria & Indicators (P&C). The five PAN Parks principles ensure high standards of management for both conservation and sustainable development. Principles allow for objective verification and transparency.
Download the full PAN Parks Principles and Criteria that the verification is based on:
Any European protected area that wishes to achieve PAN Parks certification may apply for verification. Applicant areas should hand in an application package, downloadable in 4 parts below.
Download the PAN Parks application documents for protected areas (in DOC):
PAN Parks Principles allow for objective verification
and transparency (Paanajärvi NP)
- Declaration Form
- Pre-verification Assessment for Principles 1-3
- Pre-verification Assessment for Principle 4
For a preliminary assessment of the protected area applicants are suggested to contact Vladivoj Vancura, Conservation Manager, at vvancura [at] panparks [dot] org
Click here to find out which areas have already become certified PAN Parks (marked with the PAN Parks logo) and read more about them on their park pages!