Our operating model

Rewilding Europe’s operating model is centered around the rewilding areas, which are to be become the showcases of how we put our vision into practice. There are three main components, as illustrated by the diagram:



The rewilding area itself

which is carefully selected and based on a number of criteria that together determine critical success factors. Each rewilding area works in an integrated way on the three components a) rewilding, b) enterprise development and c) communication. At the centre of this are our local rewilding partners, which are critically important for all our work in the rewilding areas. They are either existing local NGO’s or new local entities that have been specifically set up for running the rewilding actions in the areas.

A number of centrally led initiatives and activities

providing an enabling environment or very concrete support to all the rewilding areas. These initiatives are linked to each of the three components:

  • Rewilding: Wildlife Recovery Programme (including the Taurus Programme and the Rewilding Bison Action Plan), European Wildlife Bank, European Rewilding Network;
  • Enterprise development: Rewilding Europe Capital (pioneer phase), European Safari Company, Rewilding Europe Travel Club and other business support;
  • Communication: major communication efforts such as Wild Wonders of Europe outdoor or indoor exhibitions, photo missions, media outreach network and publications, website and social media, seminars and events.

External partners and stakeholders

These provide support in a wide range of ways, and are critical for Rewilding Europe’s success and delivery:

  • Strategic partners and allies including the initiating organizations, that provide strategic and technical support: ARK Nature, Conservation Capital, Wild Wonders of Europe, WILD Foundation and possible future partners;
  • Financial partners and funding institutions (some of them are also strategic partners) providing finance, such as the Dutch and the Swedish Postcode Lotteries, Adessium Foundation, Liberty Wildlife Fund, WWF Netherlands, the Segré Foundation and new, future target groups such as impact investors and (local) business partners;
  • Local landholders and area managers. Local partners such as private landowners, park and reserve managers, hunting concession owners and other landholders that can provide land tenure, land access and management or concession rights;
  • Scientific institutions and experts (both at central and local level) that provide scientific knowledge and background, do applied research and monitoring: the “Wilderness Entrepreneurship Programme” at the Wageningen University, Zoological Society of London, BirdLife International, EBCC, several other universities and institutions and other local experts that do feasibility studies and research work.

This operating model is still under development and might change due to new experiences and lessons learnt during the coming years, however, it provides a good overview of how the different activities and components are interlinked and centred around the rewilding areas.