Rewilding Europe

Europe’s ecosystems need recovering

Nature needs not only protection, it also needs restoration. Many ecosystems – the basis of our natural wealth – are broken. Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation and offers a historical opportunity to recover our natural landscapes. It’s about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes.

Through rewilding, wildlife’s natural rhythms create wilder, more biodiverse habitats. Adessium’s support to Rewilding Europe builds on the successes achieved with a previous project in Velebit Mountains, Croatia, also supported by Adessium. Our support intends to help Rewilding Europe to shift focus from setting up pilot projects in different rewilding areas to a next phase in which key stakeholders are challenged to adopt the rewilding philosophy and scale up the impact of it. The ultimate goal of the project is to change policies and redirect money flows in existing economies in ways that are beneficial for European nature.

This scaling-up strategy will be implemented not only in Velebit, but also in other rewilding areas in other parts of Europe. There local municipalities and authorities have shown their interest to be involved in developing wildlife economies in combination with the improvement of connectivity between protected areas. One of these areas is the Central Apennine Mountains in Italy where new wildlife corridors between protected areas aim to provide access to new habitat to the endangered Marsican brown bear, an endemic subspecies of the region.

Adessium Foundation has been a partner of Rewilding Europe since 2011. With the support of Adessium, Rewilding Europe has realized an infrastructure to develop economic revenue models in different nature areas. In addition, Adessium has contributed to specific projects such as the Velebit rewilding area, a vast mountain area in Croatia. This is one of the ten great landscapes in which Rewilding Europe wants to put this new way of reconnecting modern society with wild nature into practice.

About this partner

Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, with more space for wild nature, wildlife and natural processes. In bringing back the variety of life, they will explore new ways for people to enjoy and earn a fair living from the wild.

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