Explore the different ERN initiatives


    - El Puertito de Adeje, Tenerife

    PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S. (Manejo de Áreas Reservadas y Ecosistemas para la Sostenibilidad – Reserved Areas Management and Ecosystems for Sustainability) is based on the recovery of the subtidal ecosystem in “El Puertito de Adeje” bay. The Sustainable Ocean Association in collaboration with a local dive center have recovered the balance of the original marine ecosystem thanks to …

  • Dragoman Marsh Karst Complex Restoration Project

    - Situated along the 20 km long Chepan Mountain ridge, Bulgaria.

    The Dragoman Marsh Karst Complex is the only one of its kind in Bulgaria and one of the few on the Balkan Peninsula. The complex consists of limestone hills with depressions between them where wetlands are formed. The very rich biodiversity of the area has suffered from human activities and restoration works are necessary.

  • European bison introduction to Veluwe

    - Central Veluwe, The Netherlands

    The project in Veluwe, The Netherlands, focuses on providing space to roam for the still endangered European bison, allowing them to play their important role in this widely known nature area, while in the same time offering nature based tourism.

  • LIFE DINALP BEAR project

    - Dinaric Mountains and the Alps (Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria)

    The project focuses on the population level management and conservation of brown bears in the northern Dinaric Mountains and the Alps. It will establish population-level conservation, management and monitoring of brown bears across four countries. The variety of activities include non-lethal solutions to reduce human-bear conflicts, development of local-based bear ecotourism and promotion of natural expansion …

  • Oder Delta rewilding area

    - Oder Delta, Poland & Germany

    The Oder Delta rewilding area project aims to support the long-term comeback of its seven charismatic species, improve land use management, connect protected areas and help develop new economic models based on ecotourism and wildlife watching in partnership with landowners and local entrepreneurs.

  • Large carnivores monitoring – conservation in the Western Carpathians

    - Beskydy

    The project supports the natural recovery of wolves, lynx and bears in the Western Carpathians. Their return to the Czech and Slovak landscapes is slowed down by poaching, hunting and habitat fragmentation. Sound monitoring, better education and communication are the main activities of the project.

  • Quinta do Pisão – Nature Park

    - Alcabideche

    Quinta do Pisão is part of the Sintra-Cascais Park. In 2007, it was transformed from an abandoned agricultural land into an attractive park, as well as a working farm. Ecological restoration focuses on the historical legacy of this rural landscape and includes natural grazing. Nature based tourism and production of local products is part of …

  • Jukajoki Restoration Project

    - North Karelia, Finland

    This heavily damaged catchment area in boreal Finland, North Karelia is home to a state-of-the-art ecological restoration, using traditional knowledge and latest science, and includes the internationally recognized wetland and bird habitat of Linnunsuo. Here, water is allowed to flow in a most natural way once again, and nature based activities like bird watching are …

  • Rewilding of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

    - Northern Ukraine, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) is located c. 100 km N of Kiev, 123 m above sea level.

    After a nuclear disaster that happened 30 years ago, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone became one of the wildest places in Europe. The area is occupied by diverse -including rare and endangered- species, making the place unique. The vision we as Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have is that key mega-fauna species are …

  • Nature park Beremytske

    - Northern Ukraine Chernihiv Oblast (province)

    The main idea of the project is to gain first experiences with rewilding in Ukraine. The project site includes 30 hectares of abandoned agricultural land and 20 hectares of forest where steps are under way to start natural grazing with wild-living horses and cattle.