We want to create a wilder Europe by uniting young rewilding professionals and enthusiasts.
Through the creation of a network that provides members with tools, we will empower young Europeans to become active players in the rewilding movement.
We aim to:
Share and Connect
Young people across Europe are increasingly interested in rewilding and independently provide their contribution to the discussion around the topic. At the same time, we know that wanting to help the environment can sometimes feel like a difficult and lonely task.
That is why we want people to feel like they are part of a community of likeminded people who all want to work towards the same goal and have the support of others who just like them want to work with and help rewilding. We provide young rewilders with a platform that facilitates capacity-building, as well as the sharing of experiences and knowledge on rewilding.
We want to empower young professionals and enthusiasts to become active players in the rewilding movement. We want to see more and more young people engaged in rewilding-related activities and actions across Europe, within and beyond Rewilding Europe’s landscapes.
Rewilding actions can take many forms, and may depend on your background, skills and experiences. We want to empower every young person that wants to be part of the movement, according to their personal interests and capabilities.
Educate, Inform and Facilitate
A central aim of our community is to promote rewilding by sharing knowledge. We believe it is crucial to promote and make the concept of rewilding mainstream so that more people can learn about its importance for the well-being of both nature and humans.
Our ambition is to allow young rewilders to be independent and autonomous in adopting and applying rewilding models and methodologies. To do so, we try to aid young rewilders and early professionals across various sectors in finding opportunities to work in rewilding.
We need every motivated young rewilder onboard, including those from outside conservation-focused career or study paths!
Represent and Advocate
We want to reach and engage young people from every European country, including those where rewilding is not yet well known or not seen as a legitimate conservation tool.
Our mandate includes giving space to and amplifying both the voice and perspective of young people on rewilding. It also includes facilitating meaningful youth inclusion in decision-making and increasing awareness of the role of youth and activism in the field of rewilding.
“The younger generation is increasingly demanding a different future, where people co-exist with nature and natural systems allow communities to prosper”
Supervisory board member at Rewilding Europe
Why is rewilding important?
Our ecosystems need to recover
We not only need to protect nature, we also need to restore it. Many ecosystems – the basis of our natural wealth – are broken. Rewilding offers a historical opportunity to recover them. Robust and connected ecosystems make us more resilient to impacts of climate change.
We need keystone species
These vital species, including top predators and large herbivores, drive ecological processes. Wildlife is now making a comeback in Europe, but numbers are still low. Rewilding will accelerate their recovery and restore important food chains and trophic cascades.
Wilder nature as an ally
Naturally functioning ecosystems are better at providing us with clean air and water, preventing flooding, storing carbon and helping us to adapt to climate change. Rewilding links ecology with modern economies, where wilder nature acts as an ally in solving modern socio-economic issues.
Rewilding boosts local economies where alternatives are scarce. We work towards situations where nature tourism flourishes and local people earn a fair living from nature-based enterprises. This will help revitalizing both rural and urban communities.
Wild places inspire people
Experiencing the thrill of wild nature reconnects people with our living planet. This improves health and wellbeing and builds a shared sense of humanity and pride, both on the countryside and in cities.
Nature’s ways are cost-effective
We believe that nature is fully capable of taking care of itself. This means letting natural processes shape our landscapes and ecosystems, instead of people actively managing that often requires high, recurrent costs. Self-regulating landscapes are more sustainable in the long run.