The Economics of Wilderness

The report ‘The Economics of Wilderness’, released by PAN Parks Foundation, in partnership with Synergiz and Integrated Sustainability Services, discusses the key economic dimensions, challenges and opportunities of diversifying resources for wilderness protection in Europe with a focus on payments for ecosystem services.

PAN Parks Foundation published ‘The Economics of Wilderness’ to present good examples of how wilderness areas benefit various stakeholders via their various ecosystem services and to explore these values and ways how to translate them to conservation practitioners. Although the TEEB report (‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’) has successfully mainstreamed the concept of payments for ecosystem services to support sustainable land use, this has not yet penetrated into the practice of protected area management. Moreover, PAN Parks felt it particularly important to highlight why and how these concepts might be used in the context of wilderness protected areas in Europe – that is not in managed or cultural landscape protected areas. In principle wilderness areas follow non-intervention management practice; therefore they offer very limited direct use benefits to local communities.

Through case studies and literature review, the report looks into the opportunities of diversifying resources for wilderness protection and outlines the possible steps for securing both the ecological and financial viability of European wilderness areas.

This report is available here.

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