About Rewilding Europe
Rewilding Europe was formally established on 28 June 2011 as an independent foundation registered in the Netherlands. The four co-founders of Rewilding Europe are Frans Schepers (WWF Netherlands) Staffan Widstrand (Wild Wonders of Europe), Neil Birnie (Conservation Capital) and Wouter Helmer (ARK Nature).
As an independent organisation, we have established ourselves as a pan-European initiative, operating at the frontline of rewilding at a European scale. We work together with numerous partners, both at a European, national and local level. A Supervisory Board, starting with four members from four different countries, was established in September 2012, as part of our governance structure.
After more than six years of committed work, Rewilding Europe is now well underway and has made considerable progress. The rewilding process in Europe has achieved significant momentum. As it takes this new conservation movement forward across the continent, Rewilding Europe will continue to act as a pioneer.
By the end of 2017, Rewilding Europe was working across 17 European countries, with staff members, board members, ambassadors and volunteers. Our lean-and-mean central team currently represents 10 key positions, based in seven different European countries with its home office in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Neil Birnie, Frans Schepers, Wouter Helmer and Staffan Widstrand at the release of European bison in the Southern Carpathians in 2014.