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New exciting partnership: Conservation Capital

Rewilding Europe is pleased to announce the formation of an exciting partnership with Conservation Capital, a unique conservation organisation which focuses exclusively on linking private sector business and investment finance with global biodiversity conservation.

Conservation Capital has raised and structured over 200 million Euros of private investment finance for conservation-based businesses across a diverse range of industry sectors.  Their team consists of business people, lawyers, accountants and conservation managers who together have pioneered a range of conservation business development techniques and are leading the creation of some of the world’s first conservation business investment funds.

Conservation Capital will partner Rewilding Europe in working towards a new nature-based economy in key areas of rural Europe where declining forms of economic activity (primarily agriculture) will be replaced with new wildlife and wilderness-based businesses.

The first stage of this process will be to identify and establish linking mechanisms between conservation areas and business in the Rewilding Europe project areas.  This might include, where appropriate, the creation of community conservancies and wilderness areas whereby revenue from conservation-based businesses such as wildlife tourism will help finance the protection of such areas.

Conservation Capital will work with the Rewilding Europe project teams to identify, develop and finance the creation and growth of conservation-based businesses in the Rewilding Europe project areas.  Discussions have been initiated with a leading European financial institution with a view to establishing a dedicated investment fund for business in the Rewilding Europe project areas and perhaps beyond.

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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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