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First webinar held within the European Rewilding Network

The first experience sharing event organised by the European Rewilding Network, ERN took place on April 10. During the webinar, which as its name implies is a web-based seminar, many valuable experiences from rewilding were exchanged between members of the Network.

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The first Boskarin cattle have now been released in the Velebit mountains

Twelve Boskarin cattle (five cows, five heifers and two calves) were transported at the end of March to the Tauros programme breeding site in the Velebit mountains in Croatia. According to the latest information the animals are doing well at their new home.

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Wild European bison in the Rothaargebirge mountains, Germany

The full and detailed information about the European bison reintroduction in the Rothaar mountains(Rothaargebirge) - including the scientific research results - is now available, in the book „Wisente im Rothaargebirge“ (print and online).

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Wildlife watching opportunities in the Campanarios de Azaba Reserve, Spain

Seven different hides are now available for wildlife watching and photography in the Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve, on the Spanish side of the Western Iberia rewilding area. Spring is the best season to visit this area and to enjoy its opulent nature, strong colours, magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity.

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The first wolf family in Denmark since centuries?

Denmark most probably now has its first wolf family since over two centuries! “Ulvetracking Danmark” (UD), a group of wolf enthusiasts in Denmark, have gone to great lengths to register the sounds of the Danish wolves, recorded in Jutland in January.

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First beaver sighting in England in hundreds of years

The beavers that were filmed in February 2014 were reportedly the first sightings of this species in England since centuries. Three European beavers (Castor fiber), believed to have been adults, were filmed together on the River Otter in east Devon and could be seen gnawing at the base of trees,...

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Mediterranean monk seal makes a comeback in Croatia

Recently taken photos and videos confirm that the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) is sensationally making a comeback in Croatia. The scientists still don’t know the exact number of individuals, but the “Mediterranean Monk Seal Group” has collected over 4,500 photos and video clips proving that the Adriatic is again...

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All Europe’s vultures under sudden new threat

Rewilding Europe shares the concerns of the Vulture Conservation Foundation and BirdLife International that Eiurope’s vultures are now at extremely high risk. Rewilding Europe supports their efforts for banning veterinary diclofenac in Europe.

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The ”European Rewilding Network” is expanding and exchanging experiences

A further ten inspiring rewilding initiatives have joined the European Rewilding Network since the official launch of the network at WILD10 in Spain, on October 9, 2013.

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Vulture watching adventures in Western Iberia rewilding area

The Faia Brava Reserve, on the Portuguese side of the Western Iberia rewilding area, offers some of the best vulture watching opportunities in Europe. The newly opened Vulture hide here offers to the visitor fantastic opportunities to see and enjoy these huge raptors at point-blank range.

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Which animals might qualify as ”Europe’s Big Five”?

According to the Belgian TV-show ”Dieren in nesten”, The European bison, the wolf, the brown bear, the wolverine, and the lynx are the ”The Big 5 of Europe” – the continent’s five most impressive wild mammals.

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Proceedings of the Rewilding Europe seminar at WILD10 now available

The vision of how Europe can be rewilded showing some of the latest insights, experiences and successful working examples is presented in the brochure Making Europe a Wilder Place, a series of presentations of the forefront of rewilding in Europe. This 34-page brochure is now available.

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The United Nations have proclaimed March 3rd as “World Wildlife Day”

Rewilding Europe warmly supports this decision, which provides a perfect yearly opportunity to put the spotlight on the huge importance of wildlife and its protection. It also opens up for talking about rewilding as a real opportunity for man and nature.

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Rewilding Europe is looking for a Wildlife Tourism Manager

The Rewilding Europe team is looking for a new, passionate, dedicated and experienced colleague to fulfil the position of

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Albania bans all hunting for two years to protect endangered animals

Albania announced recently a ban of all hunting for two years to protect animals threatened with extinction. Minister of Environment Lefter Koka said the ban was necessary to protect species whose numbers had fallen dramatically after two decades of rampant hunting.

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Guslice & Melnice Honey in Velebit receive a REC loan

Rewilding Europe Capital is pleased to announce the completion of a €30,000 loan to Guslice & Melnice Honey in the Velebit rewilding area, Croatia. The loan will support the business to expand their existing honey production capabilities, diversify their product range to include specialist honeys, and work towards creating alternative...

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A new-born Maronesa cow calf in the Faia Brava Reserve

At the end of January, a female Maronesa cow was born in the Faia Brava Reserve, one of the Rewilding Europe core areas in Western Iberia. Totally, there are now 10 Maronesa individuals living in a semi-wild way at Faia Brava.

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Rewilding Europe receives €500,000 from the Dutch Postcode Lottery

The Rewilding Europe initiative received a €500,000 check from the Dutch Postcode Lottery at its “Good Money Gala” on February 4.

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Bats and beavers are coming back in parts of Europe

Bat numbers increased more than 40 % between 1993 and 2011, after having declined for many years, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Positive news are also coming out about the comeback of the beaver.

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The Central Apennines team off to work, Marsican bear as a first focal point

On January 9, the newly established Italian NGO “Rewilding Apennines” signed a contract with Rewilding Europe, about a 3-year workplan, developed by the two organisations together during the last months of 2013.

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Dutch wildlife attitude survey pleads for more space for wildlife and wild nature

The Dutch conservation organization ‘Natuurmonumenten’ (Dutch Society for the Protection of Nature, 1905), with a staggering number of 735,000 members, 150.000 young members (of the OERRR initiative, 2012) and managing some 345 nature reserves covering over 101,000 hectares in The Netherlands, recently published a survey on the attitude of Dutch...

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The Big5 of Europe

Chris Dusauchoit, a Flemish radio- and television presenter and one of the faces of the Belgian TV show "Dieren in nesten" has, together with two young biologists launched the ambition to define which wild animals that are the five most impressive animals of the old continent.

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More than 10,000 likes now for Making Europe a Wilder Place!

Rewilding Europe’s Facebook page reached 10,000 likes! We are very happy to see the rapidly growing interest in what we are trying to do, in the rewilding concept and its expansion, and in the many rewilding areas.

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Wolf hunting ban on the Slovak side of the Eastern Carpathians

A regional wolf hunting ban was recently decided in eastern Slovakia, covering one of the rewilding areas: the Poloniny National Park and the Eastern Carpathians Landscape Park, also called the “Wolf Mountains”. This is the first positive step in the restoration and protection of the wolf population in the Carpathians.

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The brown bear as start-up for Rewilding Apennines

Rewilding Europe finalised today a new two-year partnership with Swiss-based Fondation Segré. The ambition is to prepare and implement urgent measures for the conservation of the Marsican brown bear in Central Apennines.

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Winners of the December 2013 draw of the Travel Club

The lucky winners of the Christmas draw in our rapidly growing Travel Club were drawn on December 20, 2013 by Frans Schepers, Managing Director of Rewilding Europe.

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Rewilding Europe is looking for a Regional Manager

The Rewilding Europe team is looking for a new, passionate, dedicated and experienced colleague to fulfill the position of

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Six trips on offer in the December 2013 Travel Club draw

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!

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“The Wolf Mountains” film on screen in Slovakia

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.

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Rewilding the kids with Timbuktu magazine

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.

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About Rewilding Europe internships

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.

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European bison brought back to Bulgaria

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...

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The Salamanca Statement

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).

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Rewilding Europe Capital offers loans to boost rewilding businesses

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.

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Rewilding Europe at WILD10: Establishing rewilding as a concept and a number of new initiatives

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.

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Wilderness tourism opportunity in the Faia Brava reserve

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.

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European Rewilding Network launched at WILD10

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.

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Second herd of wild Retuerta horses released in Western Iberia

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.

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Winners of the October 2013 draw of the Rewilding Europe Travel Club

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.

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Global Gathering launches new Vision for Wilder Europe

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...

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Aurochs book officially launched

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.

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Central Apennines announced as our 6th rewilding area

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.

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ReWILD10ing Europe: see you in Salamanca!

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! 

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Wildlife Comeback in Europe widely covered in the media

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.

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Wildlife Comeback in Europe study released

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).

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Adventure Tourism Booming

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.

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Gelderse Poort – the first member of the European Rewilding Network

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.

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The first report on Wildlife Comeback in 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.

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Rewilding Europe Travel Club - October 2013 Draw

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?

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ReWILD10ing Europe: Rewilding Europe at World Wilderness Congress

“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.

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One thousand fallow deer for South-Eastern Europe?

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.

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Rewilding Europe welcomes new team members

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.

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Rewilding as a land-use option – further studies

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.

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“The Wolf Mountains” screens in September

“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.

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Wolf in The Netherlands for the first time in 150 years

“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.

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ARK Nature and Rewilding Europe boost partnership

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.

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BirdLife and EBCC join wildlife comeback study

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.

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“The New Wilderness”: coming soon

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.

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Rewilding Europe starts European Rewilding Network

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.

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Radio 24 Ore on Rewilding Europe

On July 6, Italian Radio 24 Ore broadcasted an interview on Rewilding Europe with Alberto Zocchi, an expert on nature protection.

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Call for a Living Danube Delta

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.

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The Wild Wonders of Europe outdoor exhibition now open in Stockholm!

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.

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Rewilding Europe in the Danube Delta featured in Trouw daily

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).

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New winners in the Rewilding Europe Travel Club

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.

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Rewilding Europe Annual Review 2012 out now

Rewilding Europe has just published its first ever Annual Review that can be downloaded as pdf here.

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Wild Wonders of Europe exhibition comes to Stockholm

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.

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Study prepares for bison reintroduction in Southern Carpathians

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...

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Larger no-hunting zones in Western Iberia support wildlife comeback

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.

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New leaflet on natural grazing

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?

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Poll results display huge support for rewilding in the Eastern Carpathians

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.

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Rewilding Europe visit to Eastern Rhodopes

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.

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Successful Intensive Programme on european wilderness entrepreneurship

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...

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Rewilding Europe is looking for a communications manager

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...

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CoalitionWILD seeking for young people to create a wilder world

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.

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Success stories of the US Endangered Species Act

An interesting report (also available as pdf) from the USA shows how the Endangered Species Act is helping to recover species. 

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WILD10 officially launched in Spain

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.

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Five European bisons released in Vanatori-Neamt Nature Park in Romania

Five European bisons were released in Vanatori-Neamt Nature Park, which is the beginning of the reintroduction of the species in the Carpathian Mountains.

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Geocache nature trail in Wolf 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.

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Two foals born in Reuerta herd

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.

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Rewilding Europe seeking for Chief Financial and Operations Officer

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?

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Coto Doñana officials visited Western Iberia

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.

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Become a member of the Rewilding Europe Travel Club and win!

Last year we launched the Rewilding Europe Travel Club - a community of people who like nature travel and nature experiences in a wide sense.

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PAN Parks and Rewilding Europe making Europe a wilder place

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.

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Rewilding Europe photo archive now public

Our freshly launched image bank at photo.rewildingeurope.com gives a powerful overview of all our rewilding areas and the natural treasures of Europe.

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Rewilding Europe now a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery

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.

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Help us make Europe a Wilder place!

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.

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Meet the local rewilding team members

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.

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Sayaguesa cattle arrived at the Tauros site

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.

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New documentary about the Danube Delta

A new documentary about Danube Delta will launch tomorrow, 30 January.

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Better protection for the Danube Delta and more nature-linked enterprise

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.

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Putting a price tag on wolves – alive

January issue of the Spanish Quercus magazine shares interesting facts on the economic benefits of having wolves around.

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Get a glimpse of the Southern Carpathians

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.

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First Rewilding seminar held in Spain

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”.

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Travel Club announces the first winners

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.

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Liberty Wildlife Fund supports Rewilding Europe

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.

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Rewilding seminar in Madrid

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.

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Rewilding Europe releases design guide for wildlife watching hides

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.

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Financial newspaper introduces rewilding business opportunities

Rewilding Europe has had some very nice media coverage in the Netherlands lately.

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Rewilding Europe on Dutch TV

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. 

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The comeback of the European icon

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.

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Protected areas have grown in Europe, providing great rewilding opportunities

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.

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Full protection for Romanian virgin forests

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.

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Rowing with the local community in Romania

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.

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“Wild Wonders of Europe” exhibition in Madrid a great success!

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.

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Rewilding Europe launches Travel Club

We just launched the Rewilding Europe Travel Club - a community of people who like nature travel and nature experiences in a wide sense.

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Rolling up sleeves for major bison rewilding

On September 10, Rewilding Europe took off with the Bison Rewilding Action Plan, an important step for the restoration of bison in Europe.

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Rewilding Europe Supervisory Board formally established

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.

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Wild Wonders of Europe Comes to Madrid

The landmark outdoor photo exhibition, “Wild Wonders of Europe” is coming to El Retiro Park in central Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, 25th September 2012.

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Rewilding Europe's Staffan Widstrand guides Dutch TV and receives a high award

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).

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Good news for the Iberian Lynx

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.

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Seminar on wild horses

"Insights from the pedigree on the social structure of free-roaming Konik horses (Equus caballus) in a Dutch reserve"

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Rewilding as a tool, and the role of science

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...

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Scientists suggest rewilding as land management for substantial areas in Europe

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.

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Wild horses released in Western Iberia rewilding area

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.

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Seven bison released in Bornholm island, Denmark

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.

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Rewilding Europe featured in a Swedish magazine

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).

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New nominations will double the number of rewilding areas next year

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”.

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A warm welcome to new team members!

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.

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The rewilding of Europe becomes an epic movie and a TV series

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...

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Rewilding in Europe through biosphere reserves

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.

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Wildlife returns to Western Iberia

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.

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Chamois comeback and wildlife watching in Velebit

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.

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Carpathians prepare for beaver, bison and business

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.

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Beaver-cam to be set up in Danube Delta

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.

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Tourism destination of the future – Wolf Mountains

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.

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Rewilding Bison action plan starts in June

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.

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Adessium Foundation support for enterprise development

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.

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First wild bison in Romania after 160 years

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.

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Rewilding Europe at PYMWYMIC Impact days

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.  

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European Beaver returned to Romanian Danube Delta!

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.

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New Special Advisor to Rewilding Europe: Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente

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...

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Download Rewilding Europe GEO story

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. 

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Rewilding Europe GEO cover story

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.

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Announcing a WILD partnership

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.

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Swedish Postcode Lottery supports Rewilding Europe

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!

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Wildlife return and business developments in Romania

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.

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Flying start Eastern Carpathians and Western Iberia

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.

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Big efforts needed for wildlife recovery

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.

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Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau and Dr. Claude Martin become Special Advisors of Rewilding Europe

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...

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Rewilding Europe in Dutch and Belgian newspapers

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.

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GEO Magazine online

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.

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Rewilding Europe in National Geographic Magazine, Dutch/Belgian edition

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.

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Rewilding in GEO Magazine

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.

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Zoological Society of London studies wildlife come back in Europe

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.

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New exciting partnership: Conservation Capital

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.

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Rewilding Europe on Dutch television

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.

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3 million euro from Dutch National Postcode Lottery

9 February 2011 - Dutch National Postcode Lottery supports Rewilding Europe with 3,1 million Euro

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Report on farmland abandonment

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.

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