Achievements and Objectives
Main achievements in 2015
- Finalisation of Wild Europe’s status and structure as a legal foundation. Selection of lawyers, drafting of Constitution, and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding with partners, development of initial budget.
- Large Wilderness Area programme – support, both direct and through associates, for establishment and/or protection of four specific large model wilderness areas: Wolf Mountains (East Slovakia, West Ukraine, South East Poland), Bialowieza Forest, Sumava National Park and Romanian Carpathians.
- Further preparation for the wilderness enterprise project to support local communities around Sumava National Park, promoting adoption elsewhere of the enterprise and economic approaches developed for this.
- Effectively engaging the “Fitness Check”: representing benefits – particularly socio-economic – from wilderness and wild areas, inputting to the PBL project for the Dutch EC Presidency and providing a resolution from IUCN Little Sydney.
- Support for national wilderness strategies through emerging initiatives in eg: Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria. Proposals for a strategy based on standardized criteria from the WEI definition, and using the socio-economic agenda.
- Wild Forest programme:
- Further consultation on the State Forest Agency project, involving proposed audit of members’ landholding portfolios where logging may be uneconomic, to judge feasibility and benefits of replacement with non-extractive alternatives through an economic and enterprise backed agenda, alongside ecosystem restoration.
- Devising a project to promote incentives for non-intervention practice in the private sector.
- Both initiatives linked to ongoing liaison on implementation of Wild Europe’s European Old Growth Forest Protection Strategy. Initial budget allocation suggested.
- Consultation on a conference to launch this strategy.
- Support for the address of illegal logging in Central Europe.
- Ongoing promotion of the EC Guidelines on non-Intervention management in wilderness and wild areas, for translation into French, German and Czech initially. Initial budget allocation suggested for a project on best practice implementation.
- Phase II of the Wilderness Register promoted – including extension to non EU states, updates and additions.
- Further discussions and partner engagement for the the ANEEP instrument (Audit of Non Extractive Economic Benefit) to support protection and restoration initiatives.
- European Social Benefits Forum – further consultation and identification of initial funding. This would initially develop a common platform for identification of key players, exchange of best practice and joint promotion of supportive policy. Initial budget allocation suggested.
- CAP reform proposals: preparation and representation continues, widened to link ecosystem service benefits with CAP funding.
- Ongoing liaison programme with organizations outside the conservation sector: business, landholding, forestry, farming, hunting
Objectives for 2016/17
Wild Europe initiative (WEI) in tandem with its partner organizations have identified five key objectives for 2016/17:
- Objective 1) Catalysing/Protecting model areas
- Bialowieza National Park: Assess situation fully, following up WEI approaches including promotion of wilderness enterprise alternatives to logging
- Wolf Mountains: Input to organization structure, planning and promotion; funding for appraisal of wilderness enterprise project.
- Sumava National Park: Funding and implementation of the ‘wilderness enterprise’ project
- Romanian Carpathians: General input for planning, support community enterprise initiative. Promoting montane non-intervention management project.
- Objective 2) Supporting country strategy
- France: Support for mapping wilderness area potential, and benefit identification including socio-economic
- UK: Support for overall structure and strategy, rewilding area identification, communications programme, flood mitigation & ecosystem services initiative
- Germany: Input to wilderness definition within overall 2% Federal wilderness target; promotion of socio-economic agenda
- Romania: Input to address of old growth forest and illegal timber issues
- Objective 3) Implement sector/topic specific programmes
- Forest Programme:
- Old Growth Forest Protection Strategy: promote and activate priority elements
- Illegal logging: Ongoing input, donor identification, data collection
- State Forest Agency project: Ongoing input, liaison with EUSTAFOR and SFA organizations, third party funding identification
- Private sector agency project: Support for initiation, liaison with CEPF
- CAP Reform: Finalise draft proposals, inpout from specialists, circulate aming partners, build inter-sector consensus, promote.
- Ecosystem service funding: Platform on enterprises generating cash for PES agenda.
- Support for model forest carbon and flood mitigation projects
- Biomass proposals: Develop and represent
- Forest Programme:
- Objective 4) Input to Europe-wide mechanisms
- EU Fitness Check: Follow up action including improved implementation, socio-economic agenda, wilderness role, KBA
- Working definitions: Promote wilderness definition – practical implementation and certification of areas. Develop wild area definition
- EC Guidelines: Promote generally, more language translations, catalyse joint best practice project, use in non EU states
- EC Wilderness Register: Promote transfer to non EU states, update, expansion and usage
- Objective 5) Wild Europe capacity and strategy
- Foundation status: Finalise constitution, nominate trustees, finalise agreement with UK Charity Commission. Launch, allocate budget, engage personnel
- Communications: Restructure website, build database, finalise Annual Review and promotional documentation. Ongoing promotion of inter-sector cooperation
- ANEEP (Audit of non Extractive Economic Potential): Finalise services, implementation
- Social Benefits Forum: Finalise format. Circulate for feedback, initiate development project
- European Wilderness Council: Further consultation among partners 2035 Target: Finalise 5% formulation and circulate for feedback; promote