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Wild Wonders of Europe Comes to Madrid

The landmark outdoor photo exhibition, “Wild Wonders of Europe” is coming to El Retiro Park in central Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, 25th September 2012.

Rewilding Europe is the main partner of the exhibition and is proud to announce that four exhibition images are taken in our Western Iberia rewilding area, which will receive specific attention at the exhibition.

Relocating from Washingtonplatz in Central Berlin, the exhibition now continues its tour of Europe, coming to Spain for the first time this autumn with the support of The City Council of Madrid and The Community of Madrid, together with the ground breaking initiative, Rewilding Europe, The United Postcode Lotteries and The World Wilderness Congress, Wild 10. The exhibition will remain on display in the park’s beautiful rose garden until December 2012 and offers free entry all day.

The exhibition showcases 100 impressive, life size photos from all 48 European countries, revealing the stunning natural treasures of our continent. The unseen, unexpected and unforgettable wildlife and wild places that most of us don’t even know exist. It’s about the joy of wildness. About what is still out there and what we risk losing. Why it matters to us. And why we need to protect it.

Wild Wonders of Europe is the world’s largest nature conservation communication campaign, ever. This unique pan-­‐European initiative directed by Magnus Lundgren, Florian Möllers, Staffan Widstrand and Bridget Wijnberg, is a celebration of our common European natural heritage and the amazing story of Europe’s wildlife comeback.

The emotional power of breathtaking photography taken by 69 of Europe’s finest nature and wildlife photographers who were commissioned by Wild Wonders of Europe to conduct the 135 photo missions reveal to us the natural wonders that we are at risk of losing, show that conservation works, and that we just need more of it.

The exhibition will bring this uplifting message for which four of Spain’s world-­‐renowned photographers were selected to do assignments -­‐ Juan Carlos Muñoz, Diego López, José B. Ruiz and Iñaki Relanzón. A special selection of images from Rewilding Europe’s rewilding area in Western Iberia will also be on display.

Rewilding Europe has planned to support outdoor exhibitions in all the countries of its five rewilding areas, to boost the rewilding work. The support of the Madrid exhibition has been made possible through a generous grant of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

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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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