European Rewilding Network

Lapland rewilding area

The mission of Rewilding Lapland is to generate resources for implementation of practical activities supporting the nature and people in the region, to gather and disseminate information about wildlife and nature in Lapland and the connections to the unique cultural heritage of the Sámi.

Project: Lapland rewilding area
Region: Northern Sweden
Type of protection: National parks, nature reserves, Natura 2000 and military areas.
Keystone species: Bear, wolverine, lynx and wolf.
Fauna (mega) species present: Eagle, capercaillie, arctic fox, etc.
Type of project: Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Successful agreements with forestry entities about changing forestry practises into more nature-based management systems, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful agreements with sea or freshwater fisheries and/or managers about sustainable fishing and the development of sustainable tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful agreements with water management entities about changing water management methods to allow for natural processes, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision: Rewilding Lapland aims at offering grants to individuals and organisations working for a sustainable development of the natural landscape through stimulating natural processes, with benefits to society at large.
To recreate ecological system in big scale, side by side with local people and local business operations to secure the future for both nature and people in Swedish Lapland.
Uniqueness of the project: The area can be considered to be the "Last wilderness of Europe"
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Lapland has become known as the untamed and unique land of the north, serving as the great home for the Sámi, charismatic species and natural treasures. It is a vast landscape connecting the Atlantic with the Baltic Sea through some of Europe’s wildest rivers.
Results so far: We just started but we already have signed partnership agreements with relevant partners.
Inspirational value: Rewilding as a tool for rural development and the other way around.
Experience you would like to share: Will be updated.
Experience you would like to gain: Will be updated.
Map
Country
Sweden
Start year
2016
Size (ha)
3550154
Area type
Other
Natural process
River dynamics
Flagship species
Bear

The mission of Rewilding Lapland is to generate resources for implementation of practical activities supporting the nature and people in the region, to gather and disseminate information about wildlife and nature in Lapland and the connections to the unique cultural heritage of the Sámi.

Map
Country
Sweden
Start year
2016
Size (ha)
3550154
Area type
Other
Natural process
River dynamics
Flagship species
Bear
Specification
Project: Lapland rewilding area
Region: Northern Sweden
Type of protection: National parks, nature reserves, Natura 2000 and military areas.
Keystone species: Bear, wolverine, lynx and wolf.
Fauna (mega) species present: Eagle, capercaillie, arctic fox, etc.
Description
Type of project: Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Successful agreements with forestry entities about changing forestry practises into more nature-based management systems, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful agreements with sea or freshwater fisheries and/or managers about sustainable fishing and the development of sustainable tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful agreements with water management entities about changing water management methods to allow for natural processes, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision: Rewilding Lapland aims at offering grants to individuals and organisations working for a sustainable development of the natural landscape through stimulating natural processes, with benefits to society at large.
To recreate ecological system in big scale, side by side with local people and local business operations to secure the future for both nature and people in Swedish Lapland.
Uniqueness of the project: The area can be considered to be the "Last wilderness of Europe"
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Lapland has become known as the untamed and unique land of the north, serving as the great home for the Sámi, charismatic species and natural treasures. It is a vast landscape connecting the Atlantic with the Baltic Sea through some of Europe’s wildest rivers.
Results so far: We just started but we already have signed partnership agreements with relevant partners.
Exchange
Inspirational value: Rewilding as a tool for rural development and the other way around.
Experience you would like to share: Will be updated.
Experience you would like to gain: Will be updated.
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