Rewilding Europe Circle

Stanley Johnson
Stanley Johnson
United Kingdom

When I worked in the European Commission, I was closely involved with the drafting and promotion of the EU Habitats and Species Directive which has led to the creation of Natura 2000, the network of protected areas which now exists in all EU countries. It gives me great pleasure to support Rewilding Europe since I see the work of Rewilding Europe as a vital means of building on, and further extending, the principles and programmes of Natura 2000 to the benefit of landscape, ecology and biological diversity.


Stanley Johnson, a former staff member of the World Bank, served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) between 1979 and 1984 where he was Vice-Chairman of the Parliament’s Environment Committee. He also served as Head of the Prevention of Division in the European Commission and subsequently as adviser on environmental policy, and Director for Energy Policy. He is currently an Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP-CMS).

From 1990 to 2000 he was General Editor of the Kluwer International Law and Environment series. He has written several books about environmental policy, including the Politics of the Environment; the Environmental Policy of the European Communities (co-author); World Population and the United Nations; the Green Revolution; World Population: Turning the Tide; the Politics of Population; Antarctica: the Last Great Wilderness; Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species (co-author); The Earth Summit: the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development etc. His book: Where the Wild Things Were: Travels of a Conservationist was published in July 2012. Two volumes of his memoir have been published: “Stanley I Presume” (2009) and “Stanley I Resume” (2015).

He won the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services to the Environment in 1984 and in the same year the Richard Martin Award for Outstanding Services to Animal Welfare given by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 1962.

He has also had nine novels published, including The Commissioner which was made into a film starring John Hurt.

A former Harkness Fellow, he holds an MA and a Diploma in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University.

In October 2015, Stanley Johnson was awarded the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal for Services to Nature Conservation for work on the Habitats Directive. Previous winners include Prince Charles and Sir David Attenborough.