Scaling up rewilding

Inspiring the scaling up and replication of the rewilding approach across Europe.

Scaling up rewilding

Inspiring the scaling up and replication of the rewilding approach across Europe.

The amplification approach

Inspiring others

At Rewilding Europe we want to see the rewilding process take place on an increasing scale across Europe. As we move forward with our own initiatives to make Europe a wilder place, successfully encouraging others to adopt the rewilding approach will continue to be important. Communications and marketing work has a key role to play in this amplification process. To this end, we have developed and regularly employ a number of tools.

Sharing lessons and experiences on rewilding as a conservation approach, inspiring and encouraging other field-based initiatives to adopt our methodologies – this is mainly achieved through the European Rewilding Network.

Developing partnerships

Through partnerships with a wide range of organisations, institutions and stakeholders at different levels and scales, we work to promote the rewilding approach.

As the academic world is increasingly interested in rewilding, we are building working relationships with multiple scientific institutions across Europe. Together with scientists from a range of scientific institutions, we are working to publish and promote academic rewilding related articles in respected, peer-reviewed journals and magazines.

Partnerships are essential in the scaling up our work, and to the ultimate success of Rewilding Europe. We invest a lot of time and effort to develop effective partnerships with a variety of entities at global, international, national and local level. These help to build momentum and take the rewilding process forwards.

European Rewilding Network:
increasingly connected

Rewilding Europe is part of pan-European rewilding movement which has seen many impressive and inspiring initiatives developed over recent decades, with new rewilding-related projects continuing to mushroom across the continent. To support and strengthen these, the European Rewilding Network (ERN) was started in 2013, and has since shown steady growth.

Rewilding Europe facilitates this sharing process through an online network. Open to all members, this allows participants to connect with each other and with Rewilding Europe, and also raises their profile with a wider European public.

We are currently working to further expand the ERN, and to create more opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration through measures such as exchange visits and joint initiatives. An online forum has been started at the end of 2017 and is accessible for ERN members only.

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Mutually beneficial partnerships

Partnerships are essential in the scaling up our work, and to the ultimate success of Rewilding Europe. We invest a lot of time and effort to develop effective partnerships with a variety of entities at global, international, national and local level. These help to build momentum and take the rewilding process forwards.

At a central level we currently have 21 formalised partnerships, divided into five categories: initiating partners (4), financial partners (7), rewilding partners (5), business partners (2) and communication partners (3). Our most recent new partnerships with various organisations and institutions include the European Investment Bank, WWF European Policy Office, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the European Environmental Bureau, the German Institute for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Rewilding Britain.

Across our rewilding areas we have a diverse range of local partners. These include existing NGOs, such as Associação Transumância e Natureza (in Western Iberia), WWF Romania (in the Southern Carpathians and Danube Delta), and three different German and Polish partners (in the Oder Delta). We have also helped to establish six new legal rewilding-related entities: Rewilding Apennines (2014), Rewilding Velebit (2014), Rewilding Rhodopes (2014) and Rewilding Lapland (2015), Rewilding Ukraine (2016) and Rewilding Danube Delta (2017). Now our formal partners, we signed five-year agreements with all of these entities based on long-term rewilding visions for each area.

Greater scientific focus

For several years we have been working with scientists from across Europe. The interest of the scientific sector in rewilding is increasing rapidly, with a burgeoning number of articles, scientific conferences, seminars and meetings published and held on the subject. We strongly support this development, and are committed to work with partners to conducting applied science work across our rewilding areas, and on general themes and subjects.

Since we began operating in 2012 we have collaborated loosely with 16 different European scientific institutions and scientists. We would like to see more coordination and coherence in the research agenda for rewilding in Europe, and intensified cooperation between these institutions and scientists on research topics. To promote this we are now laying the groundwork for a special professorship on rewilding, to be established in 2018. This would provide the ideal opportunity to address key practical, scientific and policy issues, and involve students from across Europe.

Rewilding Europe has presented its work at a range of scientific events over the past few years. With limited capacity, we carefully screen invitations to speak on the basis of profile raising and reaching out to new and established partners.

Running from 25 to 27 September 2017, a workshop at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in the German city of Leipzig saw more than 25 experts come together to discuss various aspects of promoting and strengthening the European Union’s (EU) ecological restoration agenda.
Running from 25 to 27 September 2017, a workshop at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in the German city of Leipzig saw more than 25 experts come together to discuss various aspects of promoting and strengthening the European Union’s (EU) ecological restoration agenda.

Creating a policy space for rewilding at European level

In 2016 Rewilding Europe published a policy paper, together with Oxford University, calling for an enabling environment for rewilding within EU policy. This paper was based on a range of expert interviews and called for a number of policy actions from the European Commission.

As a follow-up to this policy brief, which received significant attention across Europe, we have now started working pro-actively on this topic. A three-year policy project started in 2017, in collaboration with BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, WWF European Policy Office, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and German Institute for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). It will address a number of key issues regarding the integration of rewilding within EU conservation policy, including a map of European green and blue infrastructure, and the use of rewilding as a tool for achieving the CBD 15% habitat restoration target, which the EU and its member states have committed to.

In addition to this, Rewilding Europe has also participated in a range of meetings within the framework of the European Habitat Forum, to influence policy at the EU level. In 2016 we provided input for the IUCN European Programme Framework, which now includes a section on rewilding as a new, additional conservation approach, linking strongly with the IUCN’s priority initiative “Nature-based solutions”.


Policy Brief – Making Space for Rewilding

Our main achievements

We have set up a vibrant European Rewilding Network (ERN)

Staring in 2013, the network had reached a significant milestone of 61 areas and innovative rewilding projects from 26 different European countries by the end of 2017. Newly represented countries are Greece, Austria, Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland and Macedonia. Since 2014 we have held 17 webinars on a wide variety of topics – presented by ERN members, they continue to stimulate productive debate and discussion.

We have started influencing EU policy on the CBD restoration target

To influence European Union (EU) conservation policy towards rewilding, we have become a member of the European Habitat Forum and IUCN. In 2017 we started a new policy initiative to address the CBD restoration target the EU and its Member States have signed off on. This is done through a coalition of policy, scientific and rewilding experts. Main envisaged results are a number of academic papers, policy briefs and a map of a green and blue infrastructure for Europe.

A wide array of European partnerships

At a central level we currently have over 20 formalised partnerships, divided into five categories: initiating partners, financial partners, rewilding partners, business partners and communication partners. Our most recent new partnerships with various organisations and institutions include the European Investment Bank, WWF European Policy Office, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the European Environmental Bureau, the German Institute for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and Rewilding Britain.

Local rewilding initiatives taking leadership and ownership

Across our rewilding areas we have a diverse range of local partners. These include existing NGOs, such as Associação Transumância e Natureza (in Western Iberia), WWF Romania (in the Southern Carpathians and Danube Delta), and different German and Polish partners (in the Oder Delta). We have also helped to establish six new legal rewilding-related entities: Rewilding Apennines (2014), Rewilding Velebit (2014), Rewilding Rhodopes (2014) and Rewilding Lapland, now called Rewilding Sweden (2015), Rewilding Ukraine (2016) and Rewilding Danube Delta (2017). All these organisations are our preferential local partners with whim we have established a long-term working relationship.

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