About Wild Europe
Originally established in 2005, the Wild Europe initiative promotes a coordinated strategy for protection and restoration of wilderness and large wild areas of natural process and habitat, addressing the threats and opportunities facing them.
Wild Europe was formally launched in 2009 at an EC Presidency conference in Prague which was opened by Vaclav Havel, former Czech President and author of the ‘Velvet Revolution’.
We are a partnership providing joint representation, rather than a membership body. We aim to support existing bodies and initiatives but not to duplicate their activities.
The partnership is currently comprised of agencies, NGOs, other institutions and key individuals. Its links reach beyond conservation to seek consensus with farming, forestry, business and urban social interests.
Further information can be found in the Wild Area Action Agenda.
Objectives of Wild Europe
- To ensure implementation of policy recommendations for wild and wilderness areas from the 2009 Prague EC Presidency conference
- To devise and support initiatives for protection and restoration arising from these
- To promote exchange of best practice in protection, restoration, management and utilization of benefits
- To communicate the concept and value of wildness in Europe to key decision takers
Who we are
The partnership currently is run through an Executive Committee, which meets periodically in Brussels. This is chaired by Ladislav Miko, former director of Environment DG at the European Commission. Participants provide pro bono support and funding contributions.
The Wild Europe initiative currently includes representatives and individuals from the following organizations:
- Alterra Consultancy (Wageningen University & Research)
- Birdlife International
- Conservation Capital
- Council of Europe
- CzechGlobe Foundation
- European Commission
- European Nature Trust
- European Wilderness Society
- Europarc Federation
- Frankfurt Zoological Society
- Fundatia Conservation Carpathia (Romania)
- Hnuti Duha (Friends of the Earth Czech Republic)
- Institute of European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
- IUCN Regional Office for Europe and Global
- IUCN France
- IUCN WCPA
- Rewilding Europe
- Romanian Wilderness Society
- Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
- Wilderness Foundation UK
- Wildland Research Institute
- Wolf Foundation, Slovakia
- WWF Austria
- WWF Central and Eastern Europe
- WWF European Policy Office
- WWF France
- WWF Slovakia
Welcome back to Erika Stanciu
as Head of Policy
Erika Stanciu is a longstanding member of our core team.
She rejoins Wild Europe as our Head of Policy, following a role as Secretary of State for Forests in the previous Romanian government and subsequent development of the ProParks Foundation training organisation which she founded and chairs.
Before that, she was President of the Europarc Federation and Director of Retezat National Park in Romania, among other roles.