LITHUANIA'S VISIT TO TURKEY FOR THE PROCESS OF PAN PARKS WAS HELD

With the implementation of the project. Strengthening Forest Protected Areas Management c, the Küre Mountains National Park has been in the process of PAN Parks certification since 2006. In the spring of 2012, the necessary preparations are made by independent international experts and final preparations are made for obtaining the certificate.
 
In order to experience the audit process by independent international experts as the last step in the process of PAN Parks certification, Project Manager Mustafa Yılmaz and Deputy Project Manager Yıldıray Lise visited the Dzukija National Park in Lithuania and the Cepkeliai Nature Preservation Site.
 
During the visit, the project representatives of the 70,000 hectares of protected area consisting of Dzukija National Park and Cepkeliai Nature Conservation Area under the supervision of independent experts for the PAN Parks certification have been involved in the wilderness of the area, nature conservation management, visitor management, sustainable tourism strategy practices and the implementation of tourism practices by local enterprises. observed on the spot.

A protected area must have the following 5 criteria to obtain a PAN Parks certificate:
Criterion 1 - Rich natural heritage: Presence of at least 10,000 hectares of wild areas within the protected area
Criterion 2 - Nature Management: Preservation of the protected area
Criterion 3 - Visitor Management: Protected area has visitor management plan
Criterion 4 - Sustainable Tourism Strategy: A sustainable tourism development strategy for the PAN Parks region
Criterion 5 - Partnerships: Establishment of local business partnerships between local businesses and protected area management working within the framework of certain criteria in the region
 
WHAT IS PAN PARKS?
PAN Parks is an independent European protected area certification system. It aims to provide better protection of nature through the development of sustainable tourism in a protected area. The PAN Parks logo is a sign of exclusivity for national parks in Europe in terms of both natural and sustainable tourism.