- A key concept that we are working to develop in several places in the Danube Delta is that of “community conservancies”. Alongside work to reintroduce missing species, we are also helping to develop wildlife watching tourism which can provide more income and opportunity to these communities. Part of that work is to help develop rewilding enterprises that create business, jobs and income to the people who live here.
- For rewilding the focus has been on the reintroduction of beaver and deer, and the start and development of Tauros breeding sites on both sides of the Delta. A pilot for sustainable fisheries has also been developed, through the local fishing association in Romania. While these pilots were well prepared, we had not managed to start them up due to complications in governance and the decision making processes. The Danube Delta is a challenging area to work in because of the many layers of governance and institutions which all have a role and say in such processes.
- We are determined to move forward and work on various opportunities and alternatives, and are currently reviewing our strategies and possible actions for the years to come. Our cooperation with the WWF Danube Carpathian Programme has been reviewed and we have proposed a number of changes to further strengthen our cooperation and ability to deliver results. Our contacts with the Ministry of Environment and a number of other key stakeholders (including local communities, entrepreneurs and individuals) are encouraging us to move forward.
- In 2016 a new Memorandum of Undersrtanding was signed with WWF Romania to continue our joint efforts in Daube Delta conservation. We are also working to establish partnerships with the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (ARBDD), Danube Delta Research Institute (INCDDD) and Romanian Fisheries Agency (ANPA).
- In 2017 we have continued to prepare for wetland restoration close to the village of Sfântu Georghe in Romania.
- Rewilding Europe and Rewilding Ukraine, a local NGO, signed a five-year partnership agreement in April 2017, agreeing to work together in promoting and conducting rewilding activities on the Ukrainian side of the Danube Delta.