Driving one's own draft reindeer with a sled through the snow-covered landscape and across frozen lakes in Sweden! This is the fantastic Grand Prize (for two!) in the December draw of the Rewilding Europe Travel Club. What more can you wish for a Christmas present!
The stunning documentary “The Wolf Mountains – Where Nature Is Getting a Second Chance” about the Eastern Carpathians rewilding site, is enjoying huge interest: more than 700 people attended its Slovakian premiere and the discussion until midnight with the authors in the town of Trencin.
Rewilding Europe is the cover story of the November issue of Timbuktu Magazine, the first iPad magazine for children. The Wild issue has just been published.
The Rewilding Europe initiative is growing very fast – in areas, activities and ambitions, but also in numbers of supporters and enthusiastic fans, especially among young people.
European bison, or Wisent, were brought to the Studen Kladenets Game Reserve in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria at the end of October. This is the first step of the first reintroduction of European bison into the Rhodopes, an area which is one of the first members of the European...
Rewilding Europe is among the 10 leading international conservation organisations that endorsed "The Statement from Salamanca", one of the two major policy initiatives of the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10).
Rewilding Europe Capital (REC) was recently launched at the WILD10 congress in Salamanca, Spain, and has completed its first two loans to financially support businesses in Velebit (Croatia) and Portugal.
Rewilding Europe was visually very present and thoroughly presented during WILD10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain, 4-10 October. WILD10 was an unforgettable week of happenings, media attention, world-class speakers, meetings and intense discussions, for example about the concept of rewilding, both in a global and in a European setting.
Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) in partnership with Rewilding Europe is excited to launch an opportunity to develop and operate a boutique lodge/camp in the Faia Brava private nature reserve in the heart of Portugal's Côa River Valley.
The European Rewilding Network has officially been launched on October 9 during WILD10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain. Our aim is to build a living network of many rewilding initiatives supporting rewilding in Europe as a conservation tool and as something to learn from and get inspired by.
23 Retuertas horses, coming from the Doñana biological station in southern Spain, were released in the Campanarios de Azaba biological reserve on October 7th. The release was possible thanks to Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre in Spain, land owner of the reserve, with support from Rewilding Europe.
The lucky winners in our rapidly growing Travel Club were drawn on October 9th, 2013 at the end of the full-day Rewilding Europe seminar “Making Europe a wilder place” during WILD 10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain.
Salamanca, 6 October 2013: Environment leaders have launched a new Vision for a Wilder Europe at Wild10, the world wilderness congress in Salamanca, Spain. Nine organisations from across Europe have promoted the Vision that seeks to build on the significant conservation achievements in Europe that have seen the comeback of...
THE AUROCHS – BORN TO BE WILD, a unique book about the comeback of this European icon was officially launched today, October 6th at a special event during WILD 10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain, organised together with the Taurus Foundation and CoalitionWILD.
The Central Apennines (Italy) was announced as the sixth area within Rewilding Europe today during WILD 10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain (4-10 October). The Central Apennines, known as “the Wild Heart of Italy” is a perfect example of a rewilding area that is very close to a big city.
WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress runs in Salamanca, Spain from 4 to 10 October 2013: a massive, inspirational international event for a whole week!
The Wildlife Comeback in Europe report marks a reversal in fortunes after hunting, habitat loss, and pollution have sent animals into decline over the past few centuries.
The Eurasian beaver, European bison and White-tailed eagle have all been highlighted as species that have made a remarkable comeback in Europe over the past 50 years, according to a first ever in-depth report released today (26 September).
As global tourism grows and tourists seek new experiences and destinations, adventure travel continues to expand. From 2009 to 2012, the adventure travel market had an estimated average yearly growth of 65 percent.
The Dutch rewilding area ‘Gelderse Poort’ is the first member of the European Rewilding Network (ERN), the newest initiative of Rewilding Europe aiming to connect and unite rewilding initiatives and activities all over Europe.
Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur Biodiversity, will receive the first report of Wildlife Comeback in Europe at a special seminar in London.
Roaming with vultures and jackals, staying at a century-old mountain station, situated where no roads lead, wolf tracking, inspirational photography in the cold, spectacular birding and hide photography, or a remote wilderness vacation in a genuine working guest ranch?
“Making Europe a Wilder Place”, the full-day Rewilding Europe Seminar on October 9th is one of the main highlights of WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain, in October 2013.
The City of Amsterdam (NL) manages a nature reserve in the Dutch dunes with a large deer population of several thousand animals. Because the animals cause nuisance in neighboring residential areas, the municipality wants a part of the population culled or moved to other areas in Europe.
Rewilding Europe is excited to introduce new team members who have recently joined our initiative, both in the central team and in the rewilding areas.
Rewilding can be the best option for land-use in cases of farmland abandonment in Europe and all over the world when the social structure of farming communities has been eroded and low-intensity farming is no longer socially or economically viable.
“The Wolf Mountains – Where Nature Is Getting A Second Chance” is the title of a stunning documentary film about the Eastern Carpathians rewilding area that will be launched in theatres across Slovakia in September this year.
“Noordoostpolder, a place for pioneers!” says this billboard with a big photo of a wolf, along the highway in Noordoostpolder, municipality in the Flevoland Province (Central Netherlands). Several days ago a wolf has been found on a roadside in Luttelgeest, Noordoostpolder. Unfortunately, dead. But even then, this is a great news.
ARK Nature and Rewilding Europe are going to work more closely together on the rewilding of Europe. A renewed partnership agreement to boost the cooperation between the two organizations was signed early July by Petra Souwerbren, Director of ARK Nature and Frans Schepers, Managing Director of Rewilding Europe.
BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) have joined a desk study to document the comeback of a number of bird species in Europe.
On 23 September, the stunning Dutch film “De Nieuwe Wildernis” ("The New Wilderness") will premiere in Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Three days later – on 26 September - you can enjoy it in cinemas. Its magnificent two minute trailer is already off and running in cinemas.
Rewilding Europe is starting a new initiative: the European Rewilding Network. In the past decades many new projects that clearly link to rewilding have evolved, and many others are about to germinate.
On July 6, Italian Radio 24 Ore broadcasted an interview on Rewilding Europe with Alberto Zocchi, an expert on nature protection.
Four Romanian NGO's raised their voice for the sustainable development of the Danube Delta, one of our rewilding areas. The most important of demands of the four organisations are also included in the vision for the Danube Delta rewilding initiative.
On Tuesday June 25th, the outdoor photo exhibition “Wild Wonders of Europe” was inaugurated in central Stockholm, Sweden by Isabella Lövin, Member of the European Parliament, Stina Götbrink, Head of Charity at Swedish Postcode Lottery and Frans Schepers, Managing Director of Rewilding Europe together with a host of distinguished speakers.
Rewilding Europe efforts to bring back wildlife in the Romanian Danube Delta are featured in the article “Nature gets its players back” in the Dutch Trouw daily (June 18th).
The latest harvest of lucky winners in our rapidly growing Travel Club were drawn on June 3rd at the Campanarios lodge in the Western Iberia rewilding area, during the Rewilding Europe Supervisory board meeting.
Rewilding Europe has just published its first ever Annual Review that can be downloaded as pdf here.
The landmark outdoor photo exhibition “Wild Wonders of Europe” is coming to Stockholm, opening on Tuesday, 25th June 2013. A special selection of images from Rewilding Europe’s rewilding activities is also on display.
The results of a bison feasibility study in the Southern Carpathians show that most habitats in the area are very suitable for the bison. The basins of Motrul Sec, Bahna and Sebes rivers each offer over 8000 hectares for the animals – an area big enough for the minimal population...
Large-scale land use agreements in Portugal have proved to be very difficult to achieve, as the average size of rural properties is well under two hectares. Often, land is distributed among several owners, making the task of contacting them very difficult and time-consuming.
Natural grazing is all about the return of wild and semi-wild grazers to their natural habitats. But what does this mean? And how does it serve us and nature?
As rewilding is gaining momentum, it is interesting to see how people feel towards it. Wolf NGO, our partner in the Eastern Carpathians rewilding area, have conducted two polls in cooperation with the FOCUS agency, to find out people’s attitudes towards creating large wilderness areas.
On Friday 17th May a Rewilding Europe delegation presented the initiative to a select audience at the Credo Bonum gallery in Sofia. Attendees included Julian Popov - Minister of Environment and Water, and Karel van Kesteren - Dutch Ambassador.
The first edition of the Erasmus Intensive Programme “European Wilderness Entrepreneurship” was a great success for the Western Iberia rewilding area. During this two week event a consortium of thirty students and fifteen lecturers/researchers from universities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands looked at the role of...
Would you like to be part of one of the most exciting nature conservation initiatives in Europe?Would you like to help Europe become a wilder place, for the benefit of nature and people?Rewilding Europe has a team of people working from many different European countries and supports five, soon several...
CoalitionWILD has launched the Wilder World Challenge, where people under 30 are encouraged to submit their ideas on how to create a wilder world, through the CoalitionWILD Facebook page by July 1st.
An interesting report (also available as pdf) from the USA shows how the Endangered Species Act is helping to recover species.
WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress was presented to the Spanish society and the media on April 9 in Madrid. WILD10 will take place in Salamanca from 4 to 10 October 2013 under the Honorary Presidency of H.M. Queen Sofia and fostered by The Wild Foundation.
Five European bisons were released in Vanatori-Neamt Nature Park, which is the beginning of the reintroduction of the species in the Carpathian Mountains.
Geocaching is one of the fastest growing outdoor pursuits in the world. All ages and abilities can play it and you even find hidden treasures. In the Eastern Carpathians one of those hidden treasures is the wild nature. The develoment of this trail was funded by Rewilding Europe.
Two Returta foals were born in Western Iberia. The birth of these two foals is a great demonstration of their adaptation to the dehesa they live in.
Do you want to be part of one of the most exciting conservation initiatives in Europe? Do you like to help Europe becoming a wilder place?
Last week Juan José Negro, director of the Doñana Biological Station visited the Western Iberia rewilding area. Together with researchers Juan Calderon and Fernando Ibáñez from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) they spent time at the Biological Reserve Campanarios de Azaba.
Last year we launched the Rewilding Europe Travel Club - a community of people who like nature travel and nature experiences in a wide sense.
Recently, PAN Parks and Rewilding Europe agreed to work more closely together on protecting existing wilderness as well as increasing wilderness, wild areas and wildlife numbers in Europe.
Our freshly launched image bank at photo.rewildingeurope.com gives a powerful overview of all our rewilding areas and the natural treasures of Europe.
Rewilding Europe has become one of the new beneficiaries of the Dutch Postcode Lottery. The announcement was made yesterday at the yearly charity event “Goed Geld Gala” in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where President Bill Clinton was the special guest.
Rewilding Europe would like to offer you the possibility to financially contribute to our work. Although our main financial support comes from our strategic partners, we have found there is also interest from private individuals who very much like our work and want to support it.
In each of the five rewilding areas, there are teams that are actively working to make their area into one of the inspiring rewilding examples in the Rewilding Europe portfolio. The leaders of these five teams and their short biographies are found on our website.
Seven Sayaguesa cows and one bull arrived yesterday at the Tauros programme breeding site in Keent, Netherlands. Together with the four animals still to arrive, this will contribute to the faster transition from a highlander-mixed herd to a more Tauros-like herd.
A new documentary about Danube Delta will launch tomorrow, 30 January.
The Scientific Council of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority has confirmed the findings of a recent study that suggests potential resizing of the strictly protected areas in the Danube Delta.
January issue of the Spanish Quercus magazine shares interesting facts on the economic benefits of having wolves around.
We have just updated our Southern Carpathians gallery page with new images from German photographer Florian Möllers. Last autumn, Florian spent several days in the local surroundings, photographing people and landscapes in our rewilding area. Back then, he shared his first impressions from the Southern Carpathians in our blog.
On December 14, the last day of the successful Madrid Wild Wonders exhibition, Spain’s first ever Rewilding seminar was held at the Cañada Real Wildlife Park in El Escorial outside Madrid, under the headline “Making Iberia a Wilder Place”.
The winners of the first draw among the today 1400 members of the Rewilding Europe Travel Club were drawn on December 14, during the Rewilding seminar at the Cañada Real Park in El Escorial outside Madrid.
Rewilding Europe is very excited to announce that Liberty Wildlife Fund, a private foundation in The Netherlands, has decided to support Rewilding Europe for a period of three years.
This Friday, Rewilding Europe is hosting a rewilding seminar in Madrid. Titled "Making Spain a wilder place!/Haciendo a Europa un lugar más Salvaje", the event will describe the rewilding situation in Spain and Europe, looking at different ways to turn problems into opportunities.
Rewilding Europe has just released a wildlife watching hides design guide, a valuable tool for nature entrepreneurs who are planning to put up a wildlife hide.
Rewilding Europe has had some very nice media coverage in the Netherlands lately.
An episode of the Dutch TV programme "Kanjers Van Goud" (Heroes of Gold) that was filmed in our Western Iberia rewilding area, is now available for watching online.
Rewilding Europe and the Taurus Foundation have today signed a long-term agreement about helping to preserve biodiversity in Europe through a breeding programme to bring back a functional, wild version of the Aurochs.
On 22 October 2012, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published an in-depth overview of protected areas in Europe, highlighting the status of protected regions across 39 countries. The report marks the 20th Anniversary of Natura 2000 and the EU Habitats Directive.
A new ministerial order in Romania spells out the criteria for identification of virgin forests – a key measure that will lead to the full protection of this important European treasure. The order was signed in September by Rovana Plumb, Romania’s Minister of Environment and Forests.
The autumn in Romania started with nice weather and a good opportunity for getting in touch with the Danube Delta local community. In September, WWF team that is implementing Rewilding Europe initiative in Romania, took part in Rowmania Rowing Boats Festival in Tulcea.
The landmark outdoor photo exhibition “Wild Wonders of Europe”, opened on Tuesday September 25th, in the El Buen Retiro Park in central Madrid, Spain, and Rewilding Europe is the main partner in it.
We just launched the Rewilding Europe Travel Club - a community of people who like nature travel and nature experiences in a wide sense.
On September 10, Rewilding Europe took off with the Bison Rewilding Action Plan, an important step for the restoration of bison in Europe.
Rewilding Europe is very excited to announce the formal establishment of the Supervisory Board, which has come into function last month. The Executive Board has managed to find very experienced individuals from different parts of Europe, with different backgrounds and key-competencies that are strongly complementary.
The landmark outdoor photo exhibition, “Wild Wonders of Europe” is coming to El Retiro Park in central Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, 25th September 2012.
The Dutch TV company Endemol filmed Staffan Widstrand, Marketing Director of Rewilding Europe, guiding the Dutch TV presenter Martijn Krabbé on an action-filled visit to the Western Iberia rewilding area, for the TV programme ”Kanjers Van Goud” (Heroes of Gold).
The Iberian Lynx conservation efforts are giving very good results this year. 60 cubs were born in five breeding facilities in Spain and Portugal this spring, and 44 are still alive.
"Insights from the pedigree on the social structure of free-roaming Konik horses (Equus caballus) in a Dutch reserve"
As rewilding is gaining popularity across Europe, it is important that scientific research follows, to answer at least some of the many questions that arise: how and to what extend can we reintroduce natural processes in larger ecosystems, what animals to reintroduce and where, how will they fit in the...
Rewilding Europe welcomes the publication of one of the first scientific papers on rewilding and land abandonment in Europe, written by Laetitia M. Navarro and Henrique M. Pereira. The article suggests a fourth option of land management policy in addition to agricultural intensification, extensification and afforestation - rewilding.
A herd of 24 Retuerta horses, coming from the Doñana biological station in southern Spain, were released in the Campanarios de Azaba reserve on July 27. The release was possible thanks to the Rewilding Europe initiative and the collaboration between the Nature and Man Foundation (FNYH) and the Doñana Biological Station.
Bornholm island in Denmark welcomed seven bison from Poland in the beginning of June. One male and six females where brought to the island by ferry. The animals will live in a 200 ha fence for five years, then a decision is made whether to let them roam freely.
Rewilding Europe was featured in a leading Swedish popular science magazine "Forskning och Framsteg". Staffan Widstrand, Wouter Helmer and Carl-Gustaf Thulin were interviewed for the article, which can be in part read here (in Swedish).
One of the programme goals of Rewilding Europe is “by 2020, rewild 1 million ha (10,000 km²) across 10 places in Europe covering different regions and biomes, including areas of both land and sea”.
To meet the challenges and opportunities, we have extended our central team with a number of key positions, most of them to assist at the operational level and to support the rewilding projects.
Rewilding Europe has signed a production agreement to develop a major film and a TV-series, with EMS Films (Netherlands) and Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany). The aim is to showcase and document the rewilding of our continent, which is happening in front of our eyes, and the role that Rewilding Europe...
Europe is currently in the middle of an exceptional wildlife comeback boom due to large-scale abandonment of farmland. This phenomenon is particularly notable in the continent’s mountainous areas, which are running wild with robust, resilient nature. The time has never been more ripe for the conservation of biodiversity in Europe.
Since the beginning of our work in Western Iberia last year, a lot of attention has been given to bringing back wildlife, including rewilding horses and bovines.
With official start in January 2012, the Velebit rewilding area is now up and running, seeking opportunities to significantly enhance the local chamois population. All three parks in the area – Northern Velebit National Park, Paklenica National Park, and Velebit Nature Park – see this as a priority.
Suitable landscape and socio-economic features for rewilding and protection of already existing wilderness values in Southern Carpathians were analysed in January and February by a team of Romanian and international experts, including representatives from all protected areas that will be affected.
After more than 190 years the beaver is back in the Danube Delta. Rangers of the Biosphere Reserve found the first beaver lodge upstream Tulcea in January 2012. Two dead beavers were found already in 2011 in the central parts of the delta.
From the start in October 2011, serious efforts were made to influence the reform of the Nature and Landscape Protection Act in Slovakia, which could radically improve the set-up of national parks and other protected areas, as well as reduce the negative impacts of forestry and hunting.
The comeback of European Bison in free-living herds of more than 100 animals in, at least, five areas is one of the targets of Rewilding Europe’s wildlife recovery programme for the coming ten years.
Rewilding Europe team is delighted to have received funding from Adessium Foundation for the purpose of developing conservation-based enterprises. Adessium Foundation is a private foundation based in the Netherlands that aspires to a world in which people live in harmony with each other and with their environments.
Five European bison – 2 females and 3 males – were released in the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park in the eastern part of the Romanian Carpathian Mountains on March 22. The last record of wild bison in Romania dates back to 1852.
Rewilding Europe are delighted to have been invited by PYMWYMIC (which stands for the “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Community”) to give a keynote presentation at Europe’s most inspiring and focused gathering of social and environmental investors.
2012 came with great news! Rangers of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration reported to have spotted a beaver nest in the Somova - Parches lakes complex. This indicates the beaver’s presence, despite the fact that the animals are too shy to be seen, especially in winter.
Rewilding Europe is very proud to announce a new Special Advisor has joined our initiative: Mrs. Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente from Spain.Mrs. Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente is the third member of a small and dedicated team of Special Advisors that Rewilding Europe is establishing. In November last year, Laurentien...
13 february 2012 - Different editions from the January GEO magazine are now available as FREE download! In 2011 Anke Sparmann, author of GEO Magazine, travelled across European nature reserves. Her story was the cover story in 11 countries from Brazil to Slovakia and from Spain to India.
24 January 2012 - In 2011 Anke Sparmann, author of GEO Magazine, travelled across European nature reserves. Her story is now the cover story in 11 countries from Brazil to Slovakia and from Spain to India.
We are happy to announce that the ongoing cooperation between Rewilding Europe and the WILD Foundation has now been formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU was signed by Vance Martin, president of the WILD Foundation, and Frans Schepers, Managing Director of Rewilding Europe, on 5 November 2011.
We are very happy to announce that the Swedish Postcode Lottery has decided to support our initiative for the coming two years, in our endeavors to make Europe a wilder place!
The two pilot projects of Rewilding Europe in Romania - Danube Delta and South-West Carpathians - were successfully launched in the autumn. One of the initial aspects was to look into the opportunities for the return of beavers, red deer and the European bison.
With contracts issued in July to October, the field work begun in the Danube Delta, Eastern Carpathians and Western Iberia. Already after a few weeks, the project executants have now reported on some significant achievements.
Rewilding Europe has started with the design of a Wildlife Recovery Programme, focusing on large herbivores to start with. A working group of dedicated specialists, Rewilding Europe’s Wildlife Team, has prepared an overview of all the wildlife restocking and reintroduction plans that we have developed for the five projects.
We are very proud to announce that Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau (the Netherlands) and Dr. Claude Martin (Switzerland) have become Special Advisors for Rewilding Europe. Both are the first members of a small and dedicated team of Special Advisors that Rewilding Europe is establishing. Special Advisors will have a specific role in...
Today an article was published in 'Trouw', a Dutch daily newspaper. The article is about the remarkable phenomenon of land abandonment, wildlife comeback and the unique chance to create new wild areas with new economic perspectives in Europe. Trouw journalist Hans Marijnissen interviewed Managing Director Frans Schepers.
FREE download GEO Magazine. In the summer of 2011 Anke Sparmann, author of German GEO Magazine, travelled across European nature reserves. The cover story of GEO’s September issue - published on August 19th – features her journey into a continent getting wilder day by day. Download the German article for FREE.
25 August 2011 - A 12-page story was published in the September issue of the National Geographic Magazine, Dutch/Belgian edition. NGM Staff writer Pancras Dijk visited the rewilding areas Campanarios de Azaba and Faia Brava in Western Iberia, both parts of the Rewilding Europe initiative.
19 August 2011 - In the last months Anke Sparmann, author of German GEO Magazine, travelled across European nature reserves. The cover story of GEO’s September issue - published on August 19th – features her journey into a continent getting wilder day by day.
30 July 2011 - The Zoological Society of London has commenced a study for Rewilding Europe to examine the population trends of wildlife in Europe over the past 30-40 years. This has been an era of significant wildlife comeback.
11 May 2011 - Rewilding Europe is pleased to announce the formation of an exciting partnership with Conservation Capital, a unique conservation organisation which focuses exclusively on linking private sector business and investment finance with global biodiversity conservation.
9 May 2011 - Frans Schepers, Rewilding Europes managing director, was guest in Dutch television show Koffietijd (Coffee Time). Koffietijd is broadcasted daily. Presenter Quinty Trustful asked Frans about the plans of Rewilding Europe and about the importance of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
9 February 2011 - Dutch National Postcode Lottery supports Rewilding Europe with 3,1 million Euro
24 November 2010 - On 15 November 2010 the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) published a report on farmland abandonment in the EU. In the report is stated that in the last decades substantial areas of the EU have been affected by abandonment.