European Rewilding Network

Let's rewild together

An exchange of excellence

Rewilding Europe recognises that our work is part of a broader European rewilding movement. As part of this movement, many great and inspirational initiatives have already developed over the last few decades, with new projects continuing to mushroom across the continent.

The objective of our groundbreaking European Rewilding Network (ERN) is to bring these initiatives closer together, empowering each network member with the information and tools to be more successful in their rewilding endeavours. We want to establish a living network of myriad rewilding initiatives, supporting them and facilitating the adoption of best rewilding practices and methodologies.

Sharing experiences

All initiatives joining the Network are included into a database and can be easily located. The members are enabled to directly connect with similar initiatives in Europe, and are connected with Rewilding Europe itself. They become even more visible to the outside world as being part of a pan-European movement for active rewilding initiatives, and are encouraged to share their gained knowledge and experiences.

Rewilding Europe will facilitate this process through the online Network. Also, members of the Network receive additional information through specific training, learning seminars and exchange visits that will positively contribute to the work we are all involved in: Making Europe a Wilder Place.

Several main topics members are looking forward to share experiences on within the European Rewilding Network are: Successful species reintroductions (e.g. griffon vulture, beaver, European bison); How to raise public interest and attention through nature education and communication; The preservation of natural systems, for example restoring wetlands; How to involve and work together with local communities; and Professional wildlife watching and photography tourism development.

61

rewilding initiatives

26

European countries

6

million hectares involved

18

webinars held

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“The large-scale rewilding of Europe needs initiatives and projects across the continent to come together and support each other. The European Rewilding Network, united by a common desire to make Europe wilder, can foster such collaboration.”

Mei Elderadži

Mei Elderadži
Coordinator of the European Rewilding Network

What we offer

Online seminars

The ERN uses an innovative virtual platform to stimulate discussion and the exchange of insight and experience. Every year up to six web-based seminars (webinars) are organised addressing specific rewilding-related topics presented and discussed by ERN members. Attracting up to 20 participants from across Europe, these frequently result in further interaction between members.

ERN Forum

Collaboration between the growing number of ERN members was given a further boost in 2017 with the launch of the ERN Forum. Open and free to all members, this online platform can be used to post questions and information, interact at any time, and view previous webinars on a wide range of rewilding-related topics.

The new forum is taking exchange between ERN members to a new level as we want to get members discussing topics and problem solving amongst themselves on a more regular basis, enabling them to take advantage of their collective skills and experience.

ERN Bridge

The ERN Bridge is a regularly updated open database of international students and other individuals interested in volunteering or engaging in internships on various rewilding-related topics. This allows Rewilding Europe to match candidates with the needs of ERN members and other partners.

Students and volunteers interested in working with Rewilding Europe or other rewilding initiatives should send us their CV, motivational letter and the time span of availability.

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Meeting your initiative's needs

Do you need grazing animals?

Through the pioneering European Wildlife Bank, ERN members have direct access to wild herbivores that would naturally be present in their rewilding areas (but are now missing or at unnaturally low numbers). Members keep control over these herds by making so-called herd contracts with third parties.

European Wildlife Bank

Do you need financing?

ERN members also have direct access to Rewilding Europe Capital, Europe’s first rewilding enterprise funding facility that provides financial loans to businesses that can make a positive contribution to the many aspects of rewilding. Members can benefit from financial, technical and promotional support.

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Do you need promotion?

The ERN helps members to communicate about their work, both to other members and a wider European audience. Articles, news items, blogs, tweets, photos and videos can all be published via Rewilding Europe’s communication channels, reaching out to several million people annually. Every quarter the ERN Updates publication is sent to all members, containing information on new members, announcements of events and other relevant information.

Do you need information?

The ERN will give your project a support network that assists with every stage of development. Rewilding Europe, together with our partners, writes and publishes factsheets, scientific reports, practical guides and brochures. Produced with the collaboration of scientists, entrepreneurs, conservationists and educators, content is accurate, clear, concise and practical. Such material is regularly distributed to all ERN members.

Become a member!

We warmly invite all rewilding initiatives and projects to join the European Rewilding Network.
The network is open and there is no membership fee.

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