Rewilding Europe Foundation
Name of ANBI
Stichting Rewilding Europe
Chamber of Commerce number
6525 ED Nijmegen
- Frans Schepers – Managing Director
- Wiet de Bruijn (Chair)
- Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente (Member)
- Lena Lindén (Member)
- Aleksandrina Leonidova Mitseva (Member)
Objective of the foundation
According to the statutes, ‘’Rewilding Europe Foundation has the objective of, in particular but not exclusively, stimulating (having stimulated), in association with local organisations, the return and expansion of wild nature and wildlife in Europe, as well the stimulation of nature and landscape development, on the basis of natural processes and for the benefit of society.’’
Foundation Rewilding Europe also is the sole owner of two limited liability companies:
- Rewilding Europe B.V., a limited liability company founded in 2011 and registered in the Netherlands. This company serves as an incubator to pilot and develop new business concepts that support the mission of the Foundation, and have, over time, a chance to become profitable and stand on their own feet. For instance, the company hosts the “European Safari Company” label, that stimulates tourism to the rewilding areas, supporting employment and awareness. the company also owns a company in Croatia that, through two participations, owns concessions to manage wildlife in the Velebit Mountains. By hosting these early stage activities in a separate limited liability company, the Foundation mitigates liability risk, while any profits derived from Rewilding Europe B.V. are channelled back entirely to the Foundation;
- Rewilding Europe Capital B.V., a limited liability company founded in 2017 and registered in the Netherlands. This company grants medium and long term concessional loans to local SMEs that have a positive impact on the Foundation’s rewilding activities, either by creating employment, attracting tourists or stimulating local economic development in the rewilding areas, contributing to developing the necessary buy-in from the population in and directly outside the rewilding areas. These SMEs are indispensable to the success of the Foundation’s activities in the rewilding areas. Any profits derived from Rewilding Europe Capital B.V. shall be channelled entirely to the Foundation.
Both limited companies are meant to be a risk mitigating and funding mechanism, supporting the work of the Foundation. The management responsibility and governance of the limited company is statutory linked to the Foundation, as its sole beneficiary, owner and director.
The members of the Supervisory Board of Rewilding Europe do not receive any remuneration, neither directly nor indirectly, for the activities they carry out. They are, however, entitled to reimbursement of the costs incurred by them within the performance of their position and approved by the executive board. These reimbursements are made clear and are further elucidated in the annual report. The reward for directors and other employees is determined by the Supervisory Board in accordance with guidelines of the Goede Doelen Nederland.
Rewilding Europe’s plan
Detailed information is available in the Strategic Plan of Rewilding Europe Foundation, as approved by the Supervisory Board on 25 March 2019.