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New Arcadia grant to assist scale up European rewilding

Arcadia has simply awarded Rewilding Europe a grant of 5 million {dollars}. The cash shall be used to advance European rewilding in three fundamental areas, beneath the umbrella of our Strategic Plan 2021-2030.

The brand new part of Arcadia funding will assist the supply of Rewilding Europe’s Technique 2030.

Neil McIntyre


Delivering Technique 2030

Rewilding Europe has been awarded a grant of 5 million {dollars} (roughly 4.8 million euros) from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The grant will assist us to ship on the ambitions set out in our Strategic Plan 2021-2030 (“Technique 2030”), which has the general intention of advancing and scaling up European rewilding.

The brand new funding will see Rewilding Europe construct on and lengthen the work we’ve been finishing up within the present part of collaboration with Arcadia, which started in 2019. Efforts on this subsequent part (2022-2026) will concentrate on three fundamental areas – growing modern rewilding fashions, supporting wildlife comeback and coexistence, and scaling up and enhancing European rewilding.

“We’re thrilled, humbled and massively gratified by the continued belief positioned in us by Arcadia,” says Frans Schepers, Rewilding Europe’s Government Director. “This substantial new funding will assist us to develop each our demonstration function in rewilding landscapes throughout Europe, and our upscaling function past these landscapes, with the aim of creating rewilding much more extensively practiced.”


Non-public sector funding is a vital supply of earnings for peatland rewilding.

Florian Möllers / Rewilding Europe


Making rewilding investable

By 2030, Rewilding Europe desires to see rewilding practised extensively, at scale, proper throughout Europe, as a variety of actors from the personal and public sector come collectively to co-create a wilder continent. Technique 2030 is our means of serving to that imaginative and prescient turn out to be a actuality.

The personal sector shall be important to this scaling up course of, which is why Rewilding Europe is working to develop and reveal modern and scalable rewilding fashions. By making rewilding commercially investable and economically aggressive, these fashions – which embody all the things from the transformation of forests and restoration of peatland to wildlife pictures and dam elimination – will amplify its constructive affect.

Supported by Arcadia’s first part funding we’ve already made good progress growing fashions for a spread of sectors and interventions. The brand new funding will assist us to create a pipeline of investable rewilding companies, involving new finance mechanisms and funding from the personal and company sector.


The Arcadia grant will assist to additional develop enterprise fashions geared toward making rewilding commercially investable and economically aggressive.

Bruno D’Amicis/Rewilding Europe


Supporting wildlife comeback

Supporting wildlife comeback has all the time been a core exercise in Rewilding Europe – both by offering the suitable situations for wildlife species to return of their very own accord, or by reintroductions and inhabitants reinforcements. To speed up wildlife comeback throughout and past our rewilding landscapes, the brand new Arcadia funding shall be used to develop a brand new method and power, tentatively referred to as the “European Wildlife Comeback Fund”.

The intention of the brand new initiative, which shall be formally launched later this yr, is to assist reintroductions and inhabitants reinforcements in a proactive and versatile means. Following IUCN pointers, it would concentrate on constructing minimal viable populations of keystone species and selling human-wildlife coexistence in our landscapes and past. Pure grazing with giant herbivores shall be superior as a key pure course of, following the outcomes and suggestions of the EU GrazeLIFE initiative (co-funded by Arcadia). The function of wildlife in capturing carbon to deal with the affect of local weather change (“Animating the Carbon Cycle“) can even be promoted.


The European Wildlife Comeback Fund will assist species reintroductions and inhabitants reinforcement, with a particular concentrate on giant herbivores.

Andrey Nekrasov / Rewilding Ukraine


Scaling up and enhancing European rewilding

The brand new Arcadia funding will see Rewilding Europe scale up and improve the burgeoning European rewilding motion in a number of methods, with a concentrate on community and coalition constructing. We are going to enhance and develop the European Rewilding Community and the European Younger Rewilders, whereas organising a web-based coaching platform to share and disseminate data and finest follow.

Primarily based on a constructive first assembly in Spain in 2019, we can even convey collectively all European rewilding organisations in a European Rewilding Coalition. Final however not least, we are going to collaborate with the EUROPARC Federation to discover how the rewilding of European protected areas (wilder parks) could be promoted. The rewilding of such areas may assist to spearhead and scale up nature restoration in Europe.


A web based coaching centre will assist to scale up data change inside rewilding networks such because the Younger Rewilders and European Rewilding Community.

Nelleke de Weerd


Need to know extra?

Arcadia is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It helps charities and scholarly establishments that protect cultural heritage and the setting. Arcadia additionally helps initiatives that promote open entry and all of its awards are granted on the situation that any supplies produced are made accessible without cost on-line. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded greater than $910 million to initiatives world wide.

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