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Europe’s Wilderness Days Conference - 8-12 October 2007 - Annual Partner Meeting of Pan Parks Foundation (April – October 2007)

Client: PAN Parks Foundation

PAN Parks Foundation (PPF) chose Bulgaria for launching its 10th Anniversary celebration campaign because of its exceptional biodiversity, commitment to eco-tourism and because it is the first country in Europe with two parks in the PAN Parks family. 2007 PAN Parks Conference was held in the vicinity of Rila National Park in the area of Razlog.

The Conference’s leading goal was to support wilderness conservation through improving regional identity. The sub-themes were: product development and marketing; project development and fundraising; networking between PAN Parks partners.

More than 100 participants from more than 20 European countries: representatives of the 9 parks from the network from Finland, Georgia, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and Bulgaria, tourism service providers from the regions of the parks, tour operators and journalists participated in the annual meeting.

There were number of activities during the Europe Wilderness Days 2007 organized with the Local PAN Parks group (LPPG) for Rila NP and the first certified business partners:
Exhibition of local arts, crafts, souvenirs from around the Rila and the Central Balkan National Parks.
Four one day field trips: The Lord of the Mountain (Belitsa); Peri Vollas Horse Back Riding (Bachevo village, Razlog); The Rila Mountain Beauty Primrose trail (Dobarsko) and Rila Monastery
The Official Ceremony awarding Rila NP and first Rila NP business partners with PAN Parks Certificates. PAN Parks Certificates received also other parks and partners in the PAN Parks network.

Our responsibilities included:
Research on possible venues around Rila NP for the Conference in coordination with Rila NP Directorate and their business partners;
Communication with the selected venue on organization of the event and fulfilling the requirements of the client;
Coordination with PAN Parks, Ministry of Environment and Waters, State Agency of Tourism, Rila NP;
Support to PPF for the development of the Conference program, list of invitees, invitation letters;
Coordination and organization of the exhibition of local crafts and the field trips with the LPPG;
Organization of the transfers of the participants and transport during the field trips;
Development and implementation of a media campaign plan;
Organization of the Awarding ceremony and the Farwell Party of the Conference.