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
  • 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