We are both happy and fortunate to work with a number of strong, active and very committed partners. Their firm and highly valued support has allowed us to get to where we are now, and we look forward to achieving more with them in the years ahead. Please explore our existing partners here.

Initiating partners
Funding partners
Rewilding partners
Scientific partners
Corporate partners
Communication partners

Initiating partners

WWF Netherlands

WWF Netherlands is one of the founding partners of Rewilding Europe, and started to support the initiative financially in 2011.

Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature is what WWF tries to do. In the interest of nature and man alike. The policy of the World Wide Fund for Nature aims to protect biodiversity on Earth.

WWF Netherlands does this by:

  • Protecting and when needed restoring the worlds’ main habitats. Special attention is paid to tropical and other forests, wetlands and oceans.
  • To address the main threats to these areas, such as deforestation, water depletion, overfishing, climate change and illegal trade in animals and plants.
  • To convince the Dutch society that they can actively contribute to the protection of nature by providing financial action perspectives and non-financial action perspective (participation activities, volunteering, buying FSC-timber, using green energy etc.).

ARK Nature

ARK Nature is one of the founding partners of Rewilding Europe and it is involved together with Rewilding Europe in many joint actions and initiatives. ARK Nature is an innovative nature conservation organization based in The Netherlands that aims to demonstrate in practice how changes in society can provide new opportunities for nature and landscape.

ARK Nature is convinced that more room for nature in our thoughts and actions will improve the quality of life, for man and for nature alike. Robust, spontaneous nature is essential for plants and animals, but also for the economy and all people’s well-being.

One carrying vision for ARK Nature is that vast, dynamic areas of nature, in which nature is allowed to take care of itself and the natural processes can go their own way, result in an unprecedented richness in landscapes and its connected flora and fauna. Nature needs to be much more socially and economically embedded within our society. ARK Nature is certain that greater areas of spontaneous, accessible nature will make people’s lives better.

ARK Nature supported Rewilding Europe through a Project grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery (2012 – 2015) and by providing capacity from its own organisation to support the rewilding component, including support to the European Wildlife Bank and the European Rewilding Network.

The partnership between ARK Nature and Rewilding Europe was renewed on 26 January 2016 for a next period of three years (2016-2018). Read more here.

Wild Wonders of Europe

Wild Wonders of Europe is the world’s largest conservation communication initiative. This groundbreaking initiative works to reveal the amazing natural treasures of our continent to the Europeans and the World. The wildlife and wild places that most of us don’t even know exist. So far they have reached about 800 million people.

Wild Wonders of Europe uses the emotional power of world-class photography to celebrate our shared European natural heritage, the joy of the wild and Europe’s amazing wildlife comeback, illustrating that nature conservation really works and that we just need more of it, and more kinds of it. Highlighting the many success stories, whilst at the same time also telling the fact that our biodiversity is still threatened.

Wild Wonders of Europe aims to show that Europe is not just about highways and cities, and tries to reconnect us to this wonderful heritage, so that we will enjoy it more and take care of it more wisely for the future.

On May 27, 2010, during the International Year of Biodiversity, Wild Wonders of Europe launched the global tour of its flagship outdoor exhibition, showcasing the natural wonders of Europe through 100 breathtaking, large-size images. Accompanied by a strong conservation message, the exhibition wants to inspire a very wide audience. The inaugural outdoor exhibition was opened by HRH Princess Irene of The Netherlands and is now touring around Europe to massive positive acclaim. Exhibitions are also touring the U.S and China. This is public art, with an uplifting message, for people of all walks of life.  Entrance is free, it is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and is positioned to reach between 500,000 to 3 million people per city. Rewilding Europe is very proud to be part of this spectacular exhibition tour and has been the main exhibition partner bringing the outdoor exhibitions to several capital cities already, like Madrid, Berlin and Stockholm. Exhibitions that have had massive public outreach (Berlin: 1 million visitors, Madrid: 110 million in media outreach).

Wild Wonders of Europe is the Main communication partner of Rewilding Europe and also carries out a series of photo missions to the different rewilding areas, wildlife releases and different specific themes.

Wild Wonders of Europe
Unseen – Unexpected – Unforgettable
Revealing Europe’s amazing natural treasures to the world
A heritage to share – To enjoy – To protect

Conservation Capital

Conservation Capital is a unique conservation organisation in that it focuses exclusively on linking private sector business and investment finance with global biodiversity conservation.

Conservation Capital has raised and structured over 200 million Euros of private investment finance for conservation-based businesses across 26 countries in a diverse range of industry sectors.  This has resulted in the generation of over 25 million Euros of annual commercial revenues which help cover the costs of conserving (or incentivizing the conservation of) many millions of acres of valuable wild and natural habitats.

The Conservation Capital team consists of business people, lawyers, accountants and conservation managers who together have pioneered a range of innovative conservation business development techniques and are presently leading the creation of some of the world’s first conservation business investment funds.

Conservation Capital’s role within Rewilding Europe is to work towards the development of a new nature-based economy in key areas of rural Europe where declining forms of economic activity (primarily agriculture) will be replaced with new wildlife and wilderness-based businesses.

Funding partners

European Commission

We are very excited that the European Commission has approved two Life-Nature proposals that Rewilding Europe and partners submitted in October 2014. This provides a strong boost to our work in two rewilding areas, Southern Carpathians in Romania and Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria.

Dutch Postcode Lottery

On 9 February 2011, The Dutch Postcode Lottery grant enabled us to start the initiative for a period of 3 years, as a Special Project through Rewilding Europe’s partner ARK Nature. In 2013, Rewilding Europe – by then a legal entity on its own – became a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, for a period of five years. In October 2016, after a formal evaluation, the Board of Directors of the Dutch Postcode Lottery decided to continue cooperation and provide support to Rewilding Europe for the period 2017-2021.

The first grant, which was received through our initiating partner ARK Nature, was mainly allocated to the support of the first five rewilding areas, The Green Treasures of Europe. This project was successfully closed in 2015.

On 13 February 2013, Rewilding Europe became a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, enabling us to consolidate achievements so far and build the initiative for the years to come, and leverage new strategic and funding partners.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organizations working towards a fairer and greener world. It has grown steadily to become the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands, currently supporting 99 non-governmental organizations. It has dispensed over 5 billion euros to beneficiaries since foundation.

European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank has provided Rewilding Europe Capital with a 6 million euro loan finance contract as a first project under the “Bank on Nature Initiative”, set up by the European Commission.

The loan was effected through the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), of which Rewilding Europe Capital (REC), Europe’s first conservation and rewilding enterprise financing facility, is the first beneficiary. REC will use the loan to support around 30 nature-focused businesses across Europe. Read more here.

Rewilding partners

Taurus Foundation

The Taurus Foundation is private Dutch foundation that uses cattle and horses in nature management and natural grazing schemes. Taurus Foundation is leading a breeding programme called the Tauros Programme. This is an initiative to back-breed some of Europe’s most ancient and original cattle breeds, to come as close as we can get to the original aurochs, which unfortunately went extinct as a species in 1627. The good news though is that the aurochs’s genes are still here, but now spread out over a few different cattle breeds. The project has a broad scientific foundation with a multidisciplinary angle and works together with universities in several countries. The breeding activities started in The Netherlands in 2009 and it has now started up together with Rewilding Europe in several of the rewilding areas: Western Iberia has the first two sites, one in Faia Brava in Portugal and one in Campanarios de Azaba in Spain. New breeding sites have just opened in Velebit in Croatia and soon also in the Danube delta in Romania.

WILD Foundation

The WILD Foundation started its history in Africa and then established a United States based not-for-profit organization in 1974, based in Colorado. The WILD Foundation works for wilderness, wildlife and people in the United States and throughout the world and is the founder and steward of the World Wilderness Congress.

The Large Carnivore Initiative of Europe

Founded in 1996, The Large Carnivore Initiative of Europe has since 4 years had the official status of a Specialist Group within the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The LCIE consists of a group of experts who give their time to help conserve large carnivores in Europe. Its members bring experience from the fields of research on ecological and human-dimensions, wildlife management, hands-on conservation, and from international conservation organisations. These members do not represent their institutions when working for the LCIE, thereby ensuring their independence. Currently, LCIE consists of a network of 40 expert members from 26 European countries, plus Canada.

European Bison Conservation Center

Founded in 2007, the European Bison Conservation Center currently consists of a network of about 200 members, with a coordinating office located at the European Bison Friends Society in Warsaw, Poland. It also has regional centers or representatives in Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Hungary and Czech Republic. Legally, EBCC is linked to the European Bison Friends Society, also based in Warsaw. The European Bison Pedigree Book, which tries to keep track of all individuals of the species and their ancestry and genealogy, is an autonomous entity linked to EBCC through a specific agreement. EBCC works closely with the IUCN/SSC Bison Specialist Group and with breeders and owners of European bison across Europe.

Avesta Bison Park

Avesta Bison Park is one of Northern Europe’s leading breeding facilities for the conservation of the European bison. The animal enclosure in Avesta surrounds a little farm dating back to the turn of the 19th century. In the Barn Café you can have something nice to eat or just have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. If you choose a guided tour you will get to see the bison up close, and hear the story of how the park got started.

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

In June 2006, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address our planet’s alarming environmental situation. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially aware practices. The Foundation supports projects in three main geographical zones and focuses its efforts focus on three main principle domains of action; to limit the effects of climate change and promote renewable energies, to safeguard biodiversity and to manage water resources and combat desertification. As of October 2nd 2015, after the official signature of a partnership agreement, Rewilding Europe and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation started a partnership cooperation to identify and conduct joint projects in line with both organisations’ fields of interest and geographical priorities.

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is one of the six regional offices of BirdLife International, a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership in 122 countries and territories. BirdLife International’s mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people in their communities towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is a formal partner with Rewilding Europe, working together on the project “Promoting and shaping the EU restoration agenda, including TEN-G, through mobilisation of rewilding principles to create a coherent ecological network in Europe” (2017–2019). Funded by WWF Netherlands, this partnership represents a collaboration between Rewilding Europe, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the WWF European Policy Office, the European Environmental Bureau and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

European Environmental Bureau

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations that brings together around 140 civil society organisations from more than 30 European countries. EEB stands for sustainable development, environmental justice & participatory democracy. EEB is a formal partner with Rewilding Europe, working together on the project “Promoting and shaping the EU restoration agenda, including TEN-G, through mobilisation of rewilding principles to create a coherent ecological network in Europe” (2017–2019). Funded by WWF Netherlands, this partnership represents a collaboration between Rewilding Europe, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the WWF European Policy Office, the European Environmental Bureau and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

Scientific partners

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) is a DFG research centre with more than 250 employees and members located in Halle, Jena and Leipzig where researchers from 30 nations establish the scientific basis for the sustainable management of our planet’s biodiversity. iDiv is a formal partner with Rewilding Europe, working together on the project “Promoting and shaping the EU restoration agenda, including TEN-G, through mobilisation of rewilding principles to create a coherent ecological network in Europe” (2017–2019). Funded by WWF Netherlands, this partnership represents a collaboration between Rewilding Europe, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the WWF European Policy Office, the European Environmental Bureau and German Institute for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

Corporate partners

Clifford Chance

As of May 2015, Rewilding Europe has started a corporate partnership with Clifford Chance LLP on legal aspects of its work across Europe. Clifford Chance LLP is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. It prides itself on an outstanding pro bono and community outreach programme that enables everyone in the firm to engage enthusiastically and which delivers effective assistance to chosen charitable and not-for-profit partners.

Advising Rewilding Europe requires Clifford Chance to utilise a number of its offices in Europe, in multiple areas of expertise, in order to provide dynamic, effective and seamless legal advice to a pan-European not-for-profit client. The opportunity to give this advice also provides the firm’s employees with a unique chance to apply their legal skills and experience to assist with the conservation of nature.

Toyota Fund for Europe

Toyota Fund for Europe has provided Rewilding Europe with funding for working in the Southern Carpathians and Velebit rewilding areas.

The Toyota Fund for Europe operates at a pan-European level and supports projects across a number of different European countries or regions. The focus is in fields where Toyota can join forces with stakeholders to tackle issues using its best competence: environment, road safety and technical education. Toyota is very aware that tackling environmental issues related to its products is not enough to solve today’s wider environmental issues. Therefore, Toyota also focuses its sustainability efforts with contributions to local communities.

By contributing to Rewilding Europe’s activities in these two areas, Toyota Fund for Europe supports in particular the release of more European bison in the Southern Carpathians in Romania, as well as further extension of natural grazing and wildlife populations in the Velebit Mountain in Croatia. In both cases, there is a strong link with local communities benefiting from rewilding.

Toyota Fund for Europe financial support covers a one-year period (2015–2016) and will mainly be used for mobility in support of the extensive fieldwork in both rewilding areas.

European Safari Company

European Safari Company specialises in nature-based experiential travel in Europe. In partnership with Rewilding Europe  in became operational from end 2016. It offers top quality authentic nature and wildlife experiences, in combination with Europe’s rich and authentic culture, and allows people to give back to nature just by travelling.  The European Safari Company is a nature travel company where travellers contribute to rewilding and nature conservation. Rewilding Europe has developed the concept of the European Safari Company as part of its enterprise work, in close connection with its rewilding activities across Europe. After supporting its incubation, the European Safari Company will stand on its own feet as a separate business entity, also broadening its scope to the entire European nature-based tourism landscape. European Safari Company will also raise further awareness about wild nature in Europe and will benefit the comeback of wildlife through enhancing the relationship between wilder nature, wildlife and people.


Patagonia is an American outdoor clothing and gear company. Patagonia gives 1% of its annual sales to support environmental organisations around the world. The company has donated $89 million towards environmental work since it started its grants programme in 1985. In 2018, Rewilding Europe received an $8000 grant, which was awarded by the  Patagonia Grants Council. The grant is used for restoration of ponds in the Velebit rewilding area in Croatia. These are a vital resource for increasing local wildlife populations, especially in the dry summer months, until greater connectivity has been established between drier parts of the Croatian mountain range and natural freshwater sources.

Communication partners

Artists for Nature Foundation

Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF), established in 1990, is a unique, non-profit organisation that uses the creative output of artists producing paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, inspired and mostly created on location by renowned and talented artists from all over the world as a medium to draw attention to the need for nature to be appreciated as an essential element of sustainable development. ANF is proud of its 14 successful projects on 4 continents involving over 130 artists that it has planned, facilitated, raised funds for, project managed and completed with great success – and to great acclaim. ANF acts as a catalyst for nature conservation and is not itself a formal nature conservation organisation.

ANF typically draws the attention of policy- and decision-makers to the natural world by enabling groups of influential and talented artists to capture the spirit of endangered landscapes and species in their natural habitat. Professionally mounted exhibitions of their artworks, DVD’s and books that tell the story of each project and place have become collector’s items that show and tell the stories of the specific area. ANF always works together with local schools in the project areas. The artists take the pupils and their teachers out in the field and point out the special elements e.g. characteristic plants or trees, birds, livestock and wildlife. Side by side the pupils paint and draw with the artists in the open air and later back in the classroom they work together on mono prints or a mural.

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