Making Europe a Wilder Place

A new approach to European conservation

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Learn why we trust nature to manage itself

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

Be inspired by Europe’s wildlife comeback

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

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Making Europe a Wilder Place

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We want more space for wild nature and wildlife across Europe. A Europe where natural processes can shape our landscapes and give us the good things in life, such as health and wellbeing, wholesome food and clean air and water. We see a future where wild nature is recognised as a fundamental part of Europe’s heritage and an essential element in a modern, prosperous, and healthy society.

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Princess Laurentien van Oranje

An interview with HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Over the coming months, Rewilding Europe will conduct interviews with prominent persons in conservation and rewilding across Europe. We are delighted and honoured that Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands has agreed to feature as the first interviewee of this series, as we launch our new website. She has been actively involved from the beginning as a a special advisor to Rewilding Europe. She is also a member of the Rewilding Europe Circle.

Can you briefly tell us about the history of your involvement with Rewilding Europe? When did you first hear about it, and why did you choose to become involved?

I had the honour of moderating the official launch of Rewilding Europe in Brussels in 2010. I immediately loved the European dimension, the ambition and energy of the team behind it. It was hard to resist getting more involved and it has been a special pleasure to watch the initiative grow ever since. I have always been passionate about wild nature, and have been active in the fields of sustainability, conservation and climate change for many years. It was therefore a natural decison for me to work with Rewilding Europe because we share the same vison for Europe.

Having worked with African Parks and the European Climate Foundation, and as the current president of Flora and Fauna International, you have an extensive background in conservation. What are your views on rewilding as a conservation approach? Are there any aspects of rewilding that you find particularly refreshing or innovative?

Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation that can help us overcome the many challenges that we currently face in modern Europe. This requires not only a strong and inspiring vision and philosophy, but also practical cooperation with local partners and a long-term dedication to get things right for everyone involved.

By promoting, conserving and enhancing Europe’s shared natural heritage, and by leveraging this heritage to develop nature-based economies, rewilding serves the interest of every European, both from an economic and a health and wellbeing viewpoint. I think humans often forget that we are part of nature, not apart from it. With its holistic perspective, rewilding emphasises this.

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EXPLORE OUR REWILDING AREAS

We are selecting large pioneering areas in Europe, where we are working with our local partners to make our vision a reality.
We hope this provides inspiration for hundreds of other rewilding initiatives, all across the continent.

Western Iberia
Portugal
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Danube Delta
Romania & Ukraine
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Southern Carpathians
Romania
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Velebit Mountains
Croatia
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Central Apennines
Italy
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Rhodope Mountains
Bulgaria & Greece
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Oder Delta
Poland & Germany
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Lapland
Sweden
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Kartali Nature Camp participants enjoy a varied programme

May 25, 2018
The camp, held annually in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area, saw young Bulgarians enjoy a range of conventional and unconventional activities.
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German Auerrind project joins European Rewilding Network

May 21, 2018
Rewilding Europe is delighted to welcome a new member from Germany to the European Rewilding Network. Displaying impressive growth since its launch at WILD10 in Salamanca in October 2013, the network now comprises 61 members from 26 European countries (including Rewilding Europe's eight operational areas).
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Largest ever bison reintroduction in Southern Carpathians boosts population by 23 animals

May 18, 2018
Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania are delighted to announce the successful reintroduction of 23 European bison at two sites in the Southern Carpathian mountains of Romania. The animals, which were sourced from nine European nature reserves and zoos, have been released over the course of several weeks. Ongoing rewilding efforts involving bison began in the Southern Carpathians in 2014. This reintroduction - the largest ever in the Carpathians - significantly advances the comeback of this magnificent species and takes the local population up to 53.  Around 30 of these animals are now freely roaming in the wild, with the recently released bison kept in enclosures until their full release later this year.
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Nature in Focus

April 30, 2018
For Romanian photographer Dan Dinu, bringing youngsters closer to nature is all about 10 special words.
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Restoration revisited

March 22, 2018
A new website aims to improve the success rate of future restoration projects. Claire Wordley explains more.
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Rewilding in the Ionian: the case of Kalamos and Kastos

February 13, 2018
Ted Karfakis, field biologist and head of NGO and European Rewilding Network member Terra Sylvestris, explains the theory and practice behind a Greek rewilding initiative.
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