PAN Parks

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The PAN Parks Foundation was a non-governmental organisation that aimed to protect Europe's wildernesses. The foundation filed for bankruptcy in May 2014 in The Netherlands, but was denied the status by the court and is currently in liquidation.[1]


The PAN Parks Foundation was founded in 1998 by the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Dutch travel company Molecaten, with the aim of creating national parks in Europe, along the model of the Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks in North America.[2] The organisation aims to create a network of European wilderness areas where wilderness and high quality tourism facilities are balanced with environmental protection and sustainable local development.[3] It attempts to achieve this through a process of auditing and verification, enabling it to certify parks owned by partners as meeting particular standards, combined with political advocacy on the local and European level.[4]

List of PAN Certified parks[edit]

  1. Central Balkan National Park, Bulgaria
  2. Fulufjället National Park, Sweden
  3. Majella National Park, Italy
  4. Oulanka National Park, Finland
  5. Paanajärvi National Park, Russia
  6. Retezat National Park, Romania
  7. Rila National Park, Bulgaria
  8. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia
  9. Southwestern Archipelago National Park, Finland
  10. Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal
  11. Soomaa National Park, Estonia
  12. Dzūkija National Park, Lithuania
  13. Küre Mountains National Park, Turkey [5]


  1. ^ PAN PARKS Foundation In Liquidation, European Wilderness Society
  2. ^ Conducting Independent Audits, PAN Parks Foundations, 1998, p.2, accessed 2 September 2012; Partners, PAN Parks Foundation, accessed 2 September.
  3. ^ Making a Difference, PAN Parks Foundation, accessed 2 September 2012.
  4. ^ Conducting Independent Audits, PAN Parks Foundations, 1998, pp.2-4, accessed 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ "KÜRE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK PAN PARKS GROUP ESTABLISHED!". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2012-05-04.