Achievement & Objectives – Summary

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Main achievements for 2018/19

1. Drafting of Strategy for Old Growth Forest Protection from recommendations of 2017 Brussels Conference, involving 149 participants from 28 countries

1a. Initiation of Strategy – FZS partner programme through Griffiths global primary forest initiative

Of the 550,000 euro raised as a result of Wild Europe’s October 2017 conference on OGF protection, some 320,000 euro was provided for the European element of the primary forest project funded by Griffiths, and undertaken by Frankfurt Zoological Society which has been working on the following projects:

  • Updated mapping of OGF locations with Humboldt University (Berlin)
  • Development of a forest carbon model
  • Planning and establishment of community enterprise in lieu of logging in East Slovakia as part of the Wolf Mountains initiative
  • Wood fuel bioenergy project
  • Link to Griffith University (Australia) Global Primary Forest Protection network, reference international trade and policy

FZS has also now secured representation on the IUCN Primary Forest Task Force through this project

1b. Initiation of strategy for old growth forest protection – other projects

A range of other projects arising from the conference were developed in parallel:

  • Report developed on protection incentives for OGF in non-state owned areas
  • Further consultation on a standard definition structure for old growth forest
  • Representation of OGF and protection strategy to 50 Bern Convention member state (ministry) parties, generating positive feedback
  • Development of a freehold/leasehold structure for long-term protection on privately owned land
  • Proposals for working party and best practice collation with EUSTAFOR state forest agency association

2. Large Wilderness Area programme – Ongoing input to partners’ model wilderness and wild areas:

  • Sumava National Park– Czech Republic. Agreement by the Czech government to our wild nature enterprise initiative for Sumava NP, which also proposes links to BayerischerWald NP in Germany. This is thethird, non-extractive enterprise phase of our support here.
  • Romanian Carpathians– Fagaras Mountains. As an approved organisation with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), we provided introduction for Fundatia Conservation Carpathia (FCC) to CCI’s Endangered Landscape Programme, and input to its funding request. A grant of 5 million Euro subsequently gained. Also input to enterprise and education elements aiming at establishment of a model 250,000 ha National Park in the Fagaras Mountains
  • Bialowieza Forest– Ongoing consultation for our concept plan for significant enlargement of the core area into the UNESCO World Heritage site, first suggested in 2014 and based on community wild nature enterprise and extensive restoration
  • Wolf Mountains programme (East Slovakia, West Ukraine, South East Poland) – follow up on the non-extractive enterprise projects from the specification to Conservation Capital, initially provided and 50% funded by Wild Europe, with Aevis Foundation and Frankfurt Zoological Society as partners

3. National level

  • IUCN France– further engagement through Wild Europe’s membership of the Wilderness Group, with funding for a mapping exercise, identifying model wild and prospective wilderness areas, and strategy for addressing restoration opportunities
  • Rewilding Britain– ongoing support, including for the multi agency Pumlumon area initiative in central Wales which recently won 5 million Euro from the ELP. A new project has been identified for the Peak District National Park in Central England, and costed proposals put to government for large-scale natural habitat restoration to sequester carbon emissions
  • German government wilderness strategy– definition for Federal target at 2% of national territory reaffirms linkage to Wild Europe definition
  • Slovakia– correspondence with government, expressing appreciation of proposals for prospective transfer of national park management to the Environment Ministry

4. Development of key topic/strategy agendas

  • CAP reform proposals promoted, involving reallocation of payments towards ecosystem service provision, modification of GAEC regulations, input of Ecological Focus Area supplements tradable at regional level, and general promotion of a stronger socio-economic agenda in coordination with land user associations.
  • Definition for wild areas, now under consultation. We are seeking to parallel our 2013 wilderness definition, adopted for the EC Management Guidelines and Wilderness Register. The aim is to provide flexible criteria for wildness and its restoration with standardized application in any biogeographic and cultural circumstance.
  • Working partnership with a legal network and newly formed conservation body, developing a new form of long-term legal protection for wilderness and wild areas on private land, including those with old growth forest.
  • EC Guidelines: Phase II project developed and proposed

5. Strengthening Wild Europe’s organizational capacity

  • Wild Europe office opened at the IUCN building in Boulevard Louis Schmidt, Brussels. Wild Europe’s EU legal foundation status assessed in 4 countries for post Brexit scenario
  • Alternative national legislatures assessed for Wild Europe future constitution post Brexit

Further information is available on all these initiatives, via


Objectives for 2019/20

1. Further implementation of old growth forest strategy

  • Wild Europe OGF/wilderness conference in Bratislava 20/21stNovember
  • Launching of OGF map
  • Initial development of Early Warning System
  • Representing the model for carbon benefits of OGF
  • Support for IUCN motion on OGF protection
  • Initiative for wood fuel biomass
  • State agency project: best practice and set-aside

2. Further support for wilderness and wild areas

  • Establishment of European Wilderness Forum
  • Wild Europe OGF/wilderness conference in Bratislava 20/21stNovember
  • Further consultation on proposals for Bialowieza Forest
  • Support for next phase in FCC, Fagaras Mountains initiative
  • Funding search for Sumava/BayerischerWald NP enterprise project
  • Next phase in Wolf Mountains project
  • Trial implementation of freehold/leasehold non-state landowning structure to support very long-term protection & restoration of wild areas, including old growth forest and other habitat areas
  • Wilderness Register: Phase II to be developed. Update, expansion’ good practice, extension to non-EU states, update, expansion and usage
  • 2040 Target: Finalise 5% formulation and circulate for feedback; promote

3. Input for national strategies

  • Support for the Macron Vision in France (mapping, definition, enterprise)
  • Proposals for ongoing implementation of German 2% target
  • Support for wilderness initiatives in Slovakia
  • Rewilding Britain – through our board representation input to area projects and PES initiatives (carbon & flood management)
  • Romania: Ongoing input to address of old growth forest and illegal timber issues, linked to the OGF Protection Strategy
  • Finalisation & promotion of the definition for ‘wild areas’ in Europe, to parallel our 2013 wilderness definition, adopted for the EC Management Guidelines and Wilderness Register. The aim is to provide a flexible set of criteria for wildness and its restoration that have standardized application in any biogeographic and cultural circumstance.

4. Development of key topic/strategy agendas

  • Input to 2020 CAP programme
  • Strengthen wilderness within 2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • Establishment of European Social Benefit Forum
  • Provision for Restoration strategy: building on 2010 model,
  • Support for IUCN motion on wilderness

5. Strengthening Wild Europe’s organizational capacity

  • Establish legal constitution for WEI post Brexit
  • Launch of Wild Nature Support Package with Conservation Capital and others, promotion of usage
  • Implement suggestion by UNESCO for prospective use of our “Sumava model” (targeted representation, economic assessment, enterprise Definition developed for wild areas, now under consultation