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Rewilding Europe GEO cover story

24 January 2012 – In 2011 Anke Sparmann, author of GEO Magazine, travelled across European nature reserves. Her story is now the cover story in 11 countries from Brazil to Slovakia and from Spain to India.

Anke experiences the astonishing comeback of some mammals and bird species in Europe and learns about the idea of Rewilding. She takes her readers into some Rewilding Europe project areas: Western Iberia in Spain and Portugal and the Eastern Carpathians in Poland and Slovakia. She wonders how rich our nature used to be – and what it takes to bring back the variety of life to the sparsely populated corners of our continent.

Discovering Dutch Oostvaardersplassen, a place famous for its dense wildlife, Anke feels reminded of National Parks in Africa.  She realizes that our wildlife has the potential for an almost unbelievable recovery. Will we ever see it happen on a broader level? It is on us to decide, Anke writes: “What kind of nature do we want?”

She finally visits an area in Germany where the grey wolf has moved in again. Here as in other wild places the GEO author experiences the magic of being in the company of wild animals: „It felt like reaching a clearing after a long walk through a dark forest. It felt like coming home.“

The article is illustrated with pictures from Wild Wonders of Europe.











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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.”