Other regional parks

Regional parks have been established in many countries and several of them have a long history. The origin can be traced back to England, France and Germany in the years after WWII.

This approach to regional development has spread and regional parks have now been established in more countries like Austria, Switzerland and latest in Norway, where these countries have seen an opportunity in using landscape and culture to create valuable assets. 

Regional parks have many different names in the world, in Iceland we have chosen to use the name Svæðisgarður. In other languages, regional parks are called for example naturpark, landskapspark, parcs naturel regionaux. In English there is no standard name as the parks are sometimes called nature parks, regional nature parks or area of outstanding natural beauty, which the British have chosen to use for some of the areas. 

Here are links to a few regional parks around Europe that have served as models to some extent:

Valdres in Norway: in Norwegian  and in English.

Forest of Bowland in the UK.

Vercors in France (in French)

Nærøyfjorden in Norway: in Norwegian and in English

Telemarkskanalen in Norway (in Norwegian) 

Entlebuch in Switzerland (in German)

Gantrisch in Switzerland: in German and in English

National association for the AONBs (the English regional parks)

National Association for Norwegian Regional Parks (in Norwegian)

Association of Parks in Switzerland (In English, available in German, French and Italian as well)


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