Making it real

We mean that man should leave nature more to do its own job, and that wildlife has a crucially important role to play in that process. We are also convinced that rewilding will provide clear benefits for local entrepreneurs, individual citizens and whole communities. We are working hard to put our vision into practice on the ground and making it real. Please find below and in the menu to the left, some more details about how.

 

Planning work and discussions around the map, Deli Saavedra, Wiet de Bruijn, Umberto Esposito, Ilko Bosman, Wouter Helmer, Carlo Vitale and Frans Schepers, Central Apennines, Italy

Planning work and discussions around the map, Deli Saavedra, Wiet de Bruijn, Umberto Esposito, Ilko Bosman, Wouter Helmer, Carlo Vitale and Frans Schepers, Central Apennines, Italy
Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

For the benefit of nature

We mean that man should leave nature more to do its own job, and that wildlife has a crucially important role to play in that process. There is an obvious need to find good win-win solutions with local landowners, land managers, land users and business owners, so that they feel they can become winners from the rewilding actions. Therefore we are developing several strategic initiatives and innovative tools to help the rewilding process move forward more rapidly:

  • Securing land for rewilding, ranging from community conservancies and Natura 2000 management contracts, to agreements with hunting associations and cooperation with many categories of landowners;
  • Initiating the European Wildlife Bank, to provide the rewilding areas with missing wildlife. Using the reproduction rate of the wildlife as an ‘engine’ for scaling up rewilding and making receiving partners more responsible for good wildlife management;
  • Making wildlife recovery plans for Europe’s keystone wildlife species, with species like the European bison, red deer, the Eurasian wild horse and the Tauros/aurochs;
  • Setting up the ‘European Rewilding Network’ to exchange knowledge and experiences between existing and upcoming rewilding initiatives across Europe, to create and enhance a rewilding movement in our continent;
  • Setting up best practices with the local hunting communities and working together on improving wildlife numbers, developing wildlife watching, creating no-take zones and ensuring sustainable hunting practices;
  • Developing key partnerships with leading institutions on species like European bison, vultures, aurochs, wild horses and large carnivores in Europe, to support the comeback and recovery of these species in Europe’s ecosystems;
  • Using our ten selected rewilding areas as showcases for further rewilding measures.

 

For the benefit of man

We mean that rewilding will provide clear benefits for local entrepreneurs, individual citizens and communities. That there are new ways to earn a living from the wild values that emerge and that a new kind of countryside economy is in the making. Therefore, to help the rewilding process move forward more rapidly, we are developing a number of strategic initiatives and innovative tools for enterprise development and communications:

  • Tourism in the delta, guesthouse owner, Danube delta rewilding area, Romania

    Tourism in the delta, guesthouse owner, Danube delta rewilding area, Romania
    Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

    Supporting the development of rewilding enterprises, creating incentives for local entrepreneurs and business people to generate income and create jobs based on these new wild values;

  • Setting up ‘Rewilding Europe Capital’, an new loan finance fund for rewilding enterprises, that allows for attractive loans and a small grant system to support local entrepreneurship;
  • Setting up Europe’s first safari investment company, to support the development of accommodations and destination-building within the 10 selected rewilding areas;
  • Supporting the development of wildlife watching facilities and businesses, so that wildlife watching becomes an important economic activity;
  • Creating and expanding the ‘Rewilding Europe Travel Club’, stimulating the development of quality nature tourism and marketing the 10 select rewilding areas as attractive tourism destinations;
  • Reaching a wide European audience through a broad range of communication tools. Promoting the pride and ‘Joy of the Wild’ and the rewilding of Europe;
  • Working with the Wilderness Entrepreneurship Programme, to involve young people in the rewilding activities and inspire them to start up businesses based on those.