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Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau and Dr. Claude Martin become Special Advisors of Rewilding Europe

We are very proud to announce that Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau (the Netherlands) and Dr. Claude Martin (Switzerland) have become Special Advisors for Rewilding Europe. Both are the first members of a small and dedicated team of Special Advisors that Rewilding Europe is establishing.
Special Advisors will have a specific role in supporting Rewilding Europe based on their skills, expertise, reputation and networks and will provide support to the Executive Team. They have no formal role in relation to the Supervisory Board, which is expected to be in place by early 2012.

Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau has a broad view on conservation issues, given her experience in EU policy-making on climate change, conservation in Africa and strategic communications. She has already been instrumental to Rewilding Europe by facilitating the launch of our initiative on 18 November 2010 in Brussels. She is fascinated by our vision, mission and approach and will provide support on the positioning of Rewilding Europe, assist us with partnership building and strategy development, facilitate gatherings and identify opportunities for strengthening our initiative.

Dr. Claude Martin has been the Director General of WWF International from 1993 to 2005. During his term WWF developed into the world’s largest conservation organisation active in about 100 countries, and with over 4500 staff. Claude Martin pioneered many new approaches in international conservation. With his wealth of experience and extensive network, Dr. Claude Martin will advise the Rewilding Europe team on conservation subjects and will assist in building relationships with potential partners relevant to Rewilding Europe, in particular in Switzerland.

The Rewilding Europe team warmly welcomes these two Special Advisors and we look forward to work with them.

Read the biography of Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau
Read the biography of Dr. Claude Martin

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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.”