PAN Parks is a European-wide organisation focusing on the protection of wilderness areas, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature.
PAN Parks creates a network of European protected areas certified in accord with PAN Parks quality standards; covering relevant wilderness protection, social, economic and cultural aspects. These parks offer a wilderness area with undisturbed nature where natural systems of animals and plants are safe to thrive and people appreciate the pleasures offered by wilderness with the respect it deserves.
PAN Parks applies a truly integrated approach combining wilderness protection and sustainable tourism development. Local tourism businesses are certified based on environmental standards and their commitment to conservation as PAN Parks aims to change tourism from a threat to an opportunity in certifed PAN Parks.
Soomaa became a PAN Park and OU Karuskose a certified Local Business Partner in 2009.