Presenting TransParcNet at meeting for Transboundary Protected Areas in the Nordic-Baltic Region, Paanajärvi National Park (RU) © Parks & Wildlife Finland

TransParcNet: what is it all about?

In 2007 EUROPARC organised a workshop gathering 20 EUROPARC members from 11 countries, focused on the EUROPARC “Transboundary Parks – Following Nature’s Design” verification and certification system. Participants discussed how EUROPARC transboundary work could be further enhanced and which benefits of the ceritification should be promoted.

During the seminar it was agreed that an extension of the scope of the current EUROPARC transboundary work was needed. Participants thought that the Federation should not only assist member Protected Areas in reaching the Basic Standards but also facilitate them in building their capacities to cooperate, and share information, experience and best practice when certified. They believed that the process should be used much more as a toolkit to help build strong cooperation rather than simply focusing on the Certificate and that the Certificate should be one step towards good cooperation between transboundary Protected Areas.

After the workshop the certified parks agreed to work together in the network: TransParcNet.

The network should:

  • provide other Protected Areas striving to complete the Basic Standards with assistance;
  • facilitate capacity building between European TBPA’ in areas such as communication, the exchange of experience and best practice;
  • coordinate thematic working groups which should enable the exchange of experience;
  • organise staff exchanges and study visits;
  • put on conferences, seminars and workshops;
  • publish information on transboundary issues and projects;
  • prepare directories and databases of transboundary Protected Areas and other relevant partners;
  • promote the interests of TBPAs on a national and international level;
  • raise funds for andcoordinate joint projects between TBPA’s.

The two key messages emerging from the workshop were:

1) The necessity to develop the transboundary certification system into a more comprehensive capacity building work programme. This would assist Protected Areas working towards certification and support the existing network of certified parks and facilitate them with cooperation and the exchange of information, experience and best practice within the network and beyond.

2) The wish for an increased promotion of the theme transboundary Protected Areas including raising awareness on common responsibilities for border regions; the need for transboundary cooperation between Protected Areas and its benefits; and the promoting of ‘best practice’ examples in transboundary cooperation.

TransParcNet 2019 – Register!

  • 11th – 14th June
  • Oulanka National Park, Kuusamo, Finland
  • Post-trip to Paanajärvi National Park, Russia on the 14-16th
  • Theme: Management challenges in Transboundary Parks
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Click on the image to learn more about the cooperation between Oulanka and Paanajärvi National Parks.

This year’s TransParcNet Meeting takes place from 11th until the 14th of June in Oulanka National Park, Kuusamo, Finland. It will focus on Management Challenges in Transboundary Parks.

Program details

You should arrive at Kuusamo on Tuesday the 11th and the programme will start on Wednesday morning the 12th. There will be two intense days both in a conference room and in nature and the meeting will end with a closing dinner on the 13th of June. On Friday the 14th you will either start your journey back home or join us to a post-trip to Paanajärvi National Park in Russia.


The meeting will be held at a wilderness hotel Basecamp Oulanka, Kuusamo, Finland and in Oulanka National Park.


Since Oulanka-Paanajärvi is situated on the edge of Europe, you need to take time to travel. We recommend you to come by plane firstly to Kuusamo or secondly to Oulu. There are one to two daily connections from Helsinki to Kuusamo and several connections to Oulu. Oulu is situated 220km from Kuusamo but there is a good three-hour-long bus connection from Oulu to Kuusamo. See the recommended timetables as an attachment. The shuttle will be organized between Kuusamo Airport, Kuusamo Bus Station and the venue.
If you wish to travel by train, one of the nearest train stations is also in Oulu. The bus station is situated right next to the railway station.
If you are planning to come by car, please find the route by using, for example, Google Maps.

There will also be an opportunity of joining a post-trip from 14th until the 16th of June in Paanajärvi National Park, Russia.

Getting to Paanajärvi National Park in Russia is not easy but is definitely worth the effort. Because of the border crossing formalities, long distances and bad condition of roads, it is impossible to organize a day-trip to Paanajärvi National Park. That is why the meeting will be held in Finland and visiting Paanajärvi NP is optional and organized as a post-trip.

Accommodation and costs

You will stay in a wilderness hotel right next Oulanka National Park. There is a restricted number of single rooms in the hotel.
Cost of accommodation per night per person:
• Single room 50€
• Double room 40€
Transboundary meeting fee will be announced at the time of registration.
There will also be an additional fee for the post-trip.


>>>>>>>Please register here<<<<<<<<

Registration fee: 175€ per person

Post-trip to Paanajärvi (optional): 120-150€

Registration closes on 28th April.

Post-trip to Paanajärvi 14th to 16th of June

For a visit to Paanajärvi National Park in Russia, you need a Russian visa. We advise you to contact the Russian Embassy in your own country and start the process of applying a visa immediately. Unfortunately, Paanajärvi National Park cannot help you with the so-called Russian Tourist Visa Invitations. Please note that this trip requires long hours in a mini bus on quite bad gravel roads. We will visit the Paanajärvi Visitor Center in a small village of Pääjärvi before entering the national park. The accommodation in the park area is very basic with no electricity or running water. You get to feel the true wilderness around you and visit the most impressive sites of Paanajärvi National Park. There is a quota of maximum 20 persons for this trip. Please contact us if you are interested in attending the post-trip.

If you are interested in taking part and have any questions about planning your trip you can find all of the information here: TRANSPARCNET MEETING 2019_INVITATION

Paanajärvi NP

Visit our TransParcNet page to learn more about the cooperation between Oulanka and Paanajärvi National Parks.

To realise the goals of the EUROPARC transboundary work the TransParcNet meets once a year in a different transboundary Protected Area.

More information on upcoming and past TransParcNet meetings is available here:

TransParcNet meeting 2018 in Podyjí National Park (CZ) and Thayatal National Park (AT)

TransParcNet meeting 2017 in Ecoregion Julian Alps (IT/SI)

TransParcNet meeting 2016 in Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland Transboundary Parks (DE) and (CZ)

TransParcNet meeting 2015 in Bavarian Forest National Park (DE) and Sumava National Park (CZ)

TransParcNet meeting 2014 in Hainaut cross-border Nature Park (BE/FR)

TransParcNet meeting 2013 in Maas-Swalm-Nette Nature Park (DE/NL)

TransParcNet meeting 2012 in Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park (FI/NO/RU)

Information on meetings dating back from 2012 is available on request. Please contact us.