Funding partners

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 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. Two large LIFE Nature projects started on 1 January 2016: LIFE RE Vultures and LIFE RE Bison. For more information see the LIFE project pages:

More infromation about the LIFE programme can be found here and in a recent news item.

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.

Fondation Segré

Fondation Segré supports environmental and species-oriented projects.

Fondation Segré has started its support to Rewilding Europe through financial support of the Central Apennines rewilding area in 2014, focusing on the conservation of the Marsican Brown bear.

In 2015, the partnership continued with a five-year support to the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria (2015–2019), as one of our rewilding landscapes. The support focuses on promoting natural processes like herbivory, carnivory and scavenging; conservation of three species of vultures; and supporting the Rhodope Mountains as a nature tourism destination.

Conservation of nature and its biodiversity is the predominant interest of Foundation Segré, which offers financial support to partner organisations concerned with the conservation of nature and with education.

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.).

Swedish Postcode Foundation

In 2011, Rewilding Europe received a generous grant from the Swedish Postcode Foundation, for a set of actions during 2011–2013. In December 2015, another grant was received for a period from 2016 to 2018, allocated for the development of Lapland rewilding area in Sweden.

In 2013, through this generous funding we started up our breeding and reintroduction work in order to bring European bison and other animal species to a number of rewilding areas in Europe. The funding was also used to create and launch the “European Wildlife Bank”, and to support the very well-visited large outdoor exhibition that was held in Stockholm during summer and fall in 2013, where Rewilding Europe and the Swedish Postcode Foundation were the main partners.

In December 2015, Rewilding Europe received another generous grant from the Swedish Postcode Foundation for a period of three years (2016–2018). This grant is allocated for the development and activities of Rewilding Lapland Foundation, with direct outputs in the field. Rewilding Europe is very grateful for this initial funding which makes it possible to set up the foundation, establish a team working in the area and start the first pilots with local partners.

The Swedish Postcode Foundation’s vision is to contribute to a better world for people, animals and nature. Their project support is distributed towards two main thematic areas: people’s living conditions and the environment. The projects contribute to poverty reduction, peace building, human rights, climate, conservation or sustainable energy.

The Swedish Postcode Foundation receives it revenues from selling lottery tickets and donates the surplus to charity. More then one million subscribers participate in the lottery.

Adessium Foundation

The Adessium Foundation (The Netherlands) has generously provided funding to help initiate Rewilding Europe’s enterprise development work.

In 2011 already, Adessium Foundation helped to start up Rewilding Europe as a new, innovative conservation initiative through a grant given through the WWF Netherlands.

For the period 2012-2014, Adessium Foundation specifically supported Rewilding Europe to build the enterprise component of Rewilding Europe. This grant has ended by 1 April 2014.

In 2014, Adessium Foundation approved a third grant to Rewilding Europe and in 2017, decided to continue supporting Rewilding Europe for another three year period. This ongoing support focuses on our rewilding activities in the Velebit Mountains (Croatia) and the Central Apennines (Italy), and also on the identification of new areas for rewilding.

The Adessium Foundation wants to contribute to a world in which people live in harmony with each other and with their environment. The Foundation is working to create a balanced society characterized by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature.

Endangered Landscapes Programme

The Endangered Landscapes Programme aims to restore natural ecological processes, populations and habitats for a better and more sustainable future. It signals a shift away from ‘slowing declines’ and ‘no net loss’ to a positive and creative conservation agenda in which the potential of our land and seas is recognised.

In 2018, Rewilding Europe received two inaugural grants from the Endangered Landscapes Programme. The first grant of $2.4 million will enable Rewilding Europe’s and its local partners to scale up rewilding efforts across an expansive area of wetland and steppe in the transboundary Danube Delta, while the second grant of $3 million will develop a 120,000-hectare wildlife corridor in the Greater Côa Valley in northern Portugal. By scaling up current rewilding efforts in both Danube Delta and Western Iberia, this will transform the regions with high levels of rural depopulation and species loss into ones with new opportunities for both wild nature and people.

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