The signing of a five-year strategic partnership agreement between the two organisations signals their ongoing commitment to European nature restoration. Focusing on a number of key areas, the new cooperation will work towards tangible outcomes in support of wilder European nature.
Rewilding Europe is delighted to announce that it has renewed its cooperation with WWF Netherlands by signing a five-year partnership agreement last week. The agreement, which represents a new way of collaborating for the two organisations, is based on a joint programme that will boost rewilding efforts across Europe. It demonstrates the unwavering commitment of both parties to promoting and implementing an impactful European nature restoration agenda.
The main focus of the renewed cooperation will be European rivers and deltas, dam removal, a landscape approach in the Southern Carpathians, EU conservation policy regarding the new EU post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy, innovative financing models for conservation through business sectors, children’s education, fundraising and communications.
“We are really excited about our collaborative programme and this new way of working,” says Frans Schepers, Rewilding Europe’s managing director. “WWF Netherlands was one of the initiating partners of Rewilding Europe, and has supported us from the outset. We have matured since our foundation in 2011, and the time has now come for both organisations to use their high degree of complementarity to take the partnership to the next level.”
“The future of wildlife in Europe involves protection and restoration,” adds Kirsten Schuijt, CEO of WWF Netherlands. “We will continue to work together with Rewilding Europe and partners to restore biodiversity and ecosystems, such as the Danube Delta region.”
A key part of the new cooperation includes the exchange of insight and knowledge, and the joint leverage of networks. WWF-NL will be able to make use of the results achieved by Rewilding Europe, and collaborate on marketing and fundraising activities, while Rewilding Europe will benefit from the continuation of financing, both at a central level and in the field.