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The rewilding of Europe becomes an epic movie and a TV series

Rewilding Europe has signed a production agreement to develop a major film and a TV-series, with EMS Films (Netherlands) and Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany). The aim is to showcase and document the rewilding of our continent, which is happening in front of our eyes, and the role that Rewilding Europe plays in creating more wild areas, wilderness and promoting Europe as a wildlife destination.

The production will look at the present situation as well as the history and future of wild nature and wildlife in Europe. What does Europe’s natural heritage really look like? How and why has it changed over the decades? What is happening now? What could happen in the future? How will rewilding areas look like and what does it mean to the people living in these areas? Land abandonment, wildlife comeback, increasing demand for wildlife watching, socio-economic impact of these changes, and many other aspects will be featured in the productions. It will tell about the transformations that we will be able to observe in these areas during the coming decades. Welcome to Europe’s nature of the 21st century!

The film crew will concentrate on the people that make rewilding work, the people that live in or around the rewilding areas, the wildlife, the stunning landscapes and their vegetation, plus, above all, the great stories behind and underlying the Rewilding Europe initiative.

The TV production will show the comeback of nature across all seasons, in all-weather conditions, and with a strong focus on Rewilding Europe’s ten selected rewilding areas. These will be thoroughly documented and the rewilding processes will be closely followed, also further on.

The first TV-series is scheduled for international release in the 4th quarter of 2013; the fliming will start already this year. The Rewilding Europe team is excited about the filming, which will enable us to showcase the areas to a large European audience.

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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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