I heard about this petition earlier in the week direct from a friend in Slovakia. I've been to Slovakia twice; once as a conservation volunteer uprooting Acacia trees with BTCV in the little Carpathians near Bratislava and then a couple of years ago to the Ipel river floodplain on the Hungarian border. We were told about forests where no one was allowed; no foresters and no hunters, where nature was allowed free rein with no interference at all. When we heard about this we (British people) talked about the movement for Open Access and our hosts explained that of course people had a right to roam over many areas but there should be areas where all human activity was forbidden - and in one case, the Ranger wore a gun to emphasise his powers to enforce this! They were obviously proud of these areas of non intervention and rightly so.
I hesitate to say how other countries should manage their affairs but if you treasure the remote areas of Bowland and would hate to see them developed then take a minute to read about the High Tatras and see the pictures of landscape and wildlife under threat there. If you agree with the petition then please sign it. I was reminded of the petition by Don McKay, head of our AONB, who has been contacted by colleagues in Europarc (and we were the first protected area in England to be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism). I am reminded that there is 'no central bank for the environment where mistakes can be rectified' (I'll try and find the reference). As Europarc succinctly puts it, 'There is no planet B'. And here's the link to the petition again; please read it and if you agree, complete the form and send it.