Making it real

One of the main goals is to establish a wilderness area of at least 100,000 ha by 2022, managed according to wilderness principles, and with core and transition zones governed mainly by natural processes.

Black pine (Pinus nigra var. bannatica), endemic subspecies, growing on a ridge in Domogled Valea Cernei National Park, Baile Herculane, Caras Severin, Romania.

Florian Möllers / Rewilding Europe


Missing species will be reintroduced. Local names of villages, rivers and mountains show that European bisons once lived here, and we have now started bringing them back.

By creating large no-take zones, numbers of deer and chamois in particular will be allowed to grow, which within a short time frame will benefit also hunting interests in the surrounding areas. With much more wildlife in the area, the attraction value of the region will increase.

In the surrounding communities, the development of a new economy based on wild values and sustainable use of natural resources will be supported. Entrepreneurial individuals and groups will be assisted to set up enterprises that in different ways also support rewilding efforts.

Together with representatives from local communities, the tourism sector, local entrepreneurs and NGOs, a new vision for the region’s future will be developed with emphasis on the values of wild nature and what they can bring for local development, branding and marketing. This will help put the Southern Carpathians on the European map as a region where local challenges are being transformed into better prospect and hope, to serve as an inspiration also for other parts of Romania and beyond.