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  • European Commission supports bison reintroduction in the Southern Carpathians

    4. September 2015

    The European Commission has approved the LIFE proposal “Urgent actions for the recovery of European Bison populations in Romania”, developed by Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania to support the reintroduction of the European bison into the Tarçu Mountains Natura 2000 site in the Southern Carpathians rewilding landscape. The funding will be used to build a …

  • 18 new-born European bison in European Rewilding Network areas

    25. August 2015

    Between March and July this year, in total 18 European bison calves have been born in European Rewilding Network (ERN) member areas. These (semi-) wild new-borns add up to the total number of 5 555 individuals registered in the European Bison Pedigree Book (December 2014).  The European bison is still listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the …

  • New publication – sharing practices on natural grazing in Europe

    13. July 2015

    Today, Rewilding Europe launches a new publication focusing on sharing practices on natural grazing as a key ecological process. The publication ‘Natural Grazing – Practices in the rewilding of cattle and horses’ will help rewilding initiatives from all over Europe to learn and adopt some of the latest lessons and practices on setting up and …

  • Newborn bison calf enjoys wild nature in Southern Carpathians

    3. July 2015

    Ten days ago, one of the females from the founder herd of the European bison roaming the Tarcu Mountains for over a year now, gave birth to a healthy calf. The now 7-year-old female bison arrived in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area in Romania in May 2014 as part of the reintroduction and rewilding initiative …

  • Rewilding Europe presents working definition of ‘rewilding’

    24. June 2015

    The term ‘rewilding’ is being recognised and acknowledged more widely and more frequently in Europe, while many initiatives and organisations have started to use this term. But what is ‘rewilding’ and how do we like to use it in the European context? It is for this reason that we have developed a working definition of ‘rewilding’ …

  • First bison calf born in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area

    23. June 2015

    Last Wednesday marked the birth of the first bison calf in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area. European bison arrived to the Studen Kladenets Reserve in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria at the end of October 2013. The newborn bison calf is healthy, in good condition and well accepted by its parents.     The European bison …

  • Toyota Fund for Europe supports Rewilding Europe

    22. June 2015

    Rewilding Europe is delighted to receive financial support from the Toyota Fund for Europe 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 …

  • Oder Delta becomes the eighth Rewilding Europe area

    19. June 2015

    The Oder Delta, straddling the border area of Poland and Germany on the Baltic Sea coast, has today officially become part of the Rewilding Europe initiative. After three years of intensive preparations with many different authorities and stakeholders, four organisations agreed to start working together to put the area on the European map as an …

  • Sharing experience within a growing European Rewilding Network

    18. June 2015

    On June 5 another event was held to share experience between members of the European Rewilding Network (ERN). This time the subject was about coexistence between people and large carnivores. This sixth web-based seminar (‘webinar’) included a presentation of two best-practice examples from areas with existing conflicts between local people and wildlife in Bulgaria and …

  • Rewilding Côa Valley celebrated by pre-launch of the Faia Brava Star Camp

    17. June 2015

    The celebration of the 15th anniversary of Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) on 12–14 June marked the great progress made with rewilding of the Côa Valley in the Portuguese part of the Western Iberia rewilding area. During the event, the Faia Brava Star Camp pre-launch took place to show the visitors an accommodation unique and new …

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Casa da Cisterna: expanding the business thanks to rewilding

Casa da Cisterna, a boutique bed & breakfast in the Western Iberia rewilding area was the first beneficiary of Rewilding Europe Capital (REC). Ana Berliner and António Monteiro, owners and managers of this fantastic Bed & Breakfast had the chance to expand their project thanks to the REC loan in 2014.

The Bed & Breakfast, located in the historic village of Castelo Rodrigo, one of the most well preserved rural villages in the region, opened to the public in 2004 with four bedrooms. Ten years later, due to great demand, Ana and António decided to expand the Bed & Breakfast and renovated a neighbouring house. Now they offer five more bedrooms than before, where tradition, elegant design and modern functionality come together beautifully, to provide guests with a unique experience.

“With the support of the Rewilding Europe Capital we could attain the co-finance needed for the expansion of Casa da Cisterna,” says Ana Berliner. “Besides infra-structure, it enables us to increase our energy efficiency.” Casa da Cisterna now has an ecological heating system – a heating pump – and solar panels for heating water, reducing the electricity consumption.

“In 2014, the occupation rate of visitors from Central Europe increased 35%,” Ana says. “Some visitors also came through the Rewilding Europe Travel Club. Rewilding Europe, with their different approaches – from funding to promotion – are great partners, supporting the growth of our business.”

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