Today, rewilding in the Velebit Mountains of Croatia is going from strength to strength. By showcasing the landscape, its wildlife and local rewilding efforts, the new Rewilding Velebit website should prove an effective tool for outreach and upscaling.
Rewilding enthusiasts and nature lovers in Croatia and around the world can now get even closer to the work of the Rewilding Velebit team, with the launch of a dedicated new Rewilding Velebit website. By promoting the team’s efforts and bringing people closer to the area’s wonderful wildlife, the site will help realise the rewilding vision for the landscape and to upscale rewilding within the country and further afield.
“The launch of this fantastic new website is an important milestone in our rewilding journey,” says Rewilding Velebit team leader Marija Krnjajić. “It will allow us to share our experience and achievements, encourage positive action for wildlife comeback, and demonstrate the vital role that rewilding can play in nature recovery. By building engagement, we aim to inspire others to work towards a better future for nature and people through rewilding.”
A rewilding showcase
Today, rewilding in the Velebit Mountains of Croatia – a dramatic and nature-rich 150-kilometre long massif that runs parallel to the country’s Adriatic coast – is really taking off.
By showcasing a new way of managing wildlife within a collection of hunting concessions, the Rewilding Velebit team are working to scale up the transition from traditional hunting operations to wildlife watching across the landscape. This, in turn, means that a growing number of people and communities are benefitting from the wildlife comeback that rewilding is bringing about.
The new site – for now only in English, followed soon in Croatian – provides an in-depth look at the ecology and geography of the Velebit Mountains, and various areas within the rewilding landscape. It profiles the efforts of the Rewilding Velebit team according to the four overarching objectives of “Strategy 2030“, Rewilding Europe’s pioneering and ambitious plan through till the end of this decade. It also provides details of the Rewilding Velebit Network – a newly launched initiative which gathers together and supports nature-based entrepreneurs based in and around the landscape, for the benefit of business, communities and rewilding.
Engagement on the increase
The transition from hunting to wildlife watching in Velebit is beautifully captured by “A New Path for the Velebit Mountains“, an enthralling 15-minute documentary by award-winning French videographer Emmanuel Rondeau. Premiering at the end of March in the local town of Gospić, the production has also helped to build engagement with Velebit rewilding at both a local and international level.
The Rewilding Velebit website is Rewilding Europe’s sixth dedicated rewilding landscape website, after the Rewilding Rhodopes, Rewilding Oder Delta, Rewilding Danube Delta, Rewilding Apennines and Rewilding Portugal sites. Visit them all to find out more about how our rewilding teams are working at the forefront of nature recovery and building engagement with rewilding right across Europe!