Lithuania experience for Turkey's PAN Parks process

01 Aug 2011

GEF supported “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey Project” actions accelerated Küre Mountains National Parks certification process as PAN Parks.

New Horizons - Minor actions remained for Parks verification by independent international verifiers in 2012 spring.

Project Manager Mustafa Yılmaz and Deputy Project Manager Yıldıray Lise visited Lithuania to experience PAN Parks verification process by independent international experts, which is the final step of a protected area to be certified as PAN Parks.

During PAN Parks verification process of 70.000 ha protected area complex (Dzukija National Park and Cepkeliai Strict Nature Reserve) by independent international verifiers, Turkish team experienced wilderness values of the protected area, nature management, visitor management, sustainable tourism strategy applications and integration of local business partners in tourism sector.


PAN Parks quality standards have five main principles:

  • Principle 1 - Rich Natural Heritage: PAN Parks are large protected areas that ae representative of Europe’s natural heritage and the international importance for wildlife and ecosystems, having at least 10.000 ha wilderness area.
  • Principle 2 - Nature Management: Design and management of the PAN Parks aims to maintain and, if necessary, restore the area’s natural ecological process anf its biodiversity with the action listed in a management plan.
  • Principle 3 - Visitor Management: Visitor management safeguards the natural values of the PAN Parks and aims to provide visitors with a high-quality experience under a visitor management plan.
  • Principle 4 - Sustainable Tourism Strategy: The protected area authority ans its relavant partners in the PAN Parks region aim at achieving and synergy between nature conservation and Sustainable Tourism by developing and jointly implementing a Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy.
  • Principle 5 – Partnerships: The local business partners aim at offering high-quality tourism packages based on the appreciation of nature.

What is PAN Parks?

Protected Areas Network (PAN) Parks is a network of Protected Areas to protect Europe’s wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature. PAN Parks applies a truly integrated approach: to mobilise sustainable tourism development for strengthening wilderness conservation.