New grant to enhance old growth forest protection

 

Frankfurt Zoological Society, partner of Wild Europe, taking a key role in conservation of old growth forestsFrankfurt Zoological Society, partner of Wild Europe, taking a key role in conservation of old growth forests

We are happy to announce a significant success for European old growth forest conservation following the September conference in 2017.

A grant of over 300,000 Euro has just been awarded for a mapping, ecosystem service and protection project involving a multi country approach with particular focus on key areas in Central & Eastern European. It will also enable work on policy impact, benefits of non-extractive enterprise for local communities, exchange of best practice and new funding models.

Wild Europe submitted an initial project proposal to the organisers in November. We then handed over to the Frankfurt Zoological Society (see footnote), one of our key partners who provided an application that adapted the Wild Europe version to their capacity and excellent work in the field, which was successful.

Close links to the OGF Protection Strategy for Europe

This project will be closely linked with the wider Old Growth Forest Protection Strategy currently being circulated by Wild Europe.

It is part of a wider international initiative to support primary forests – highlighting threats to their existence and raising their profile as major providers of ecosystem services. A further grant in excess of 300,000 Euro is being awarded for work on old growth forest in Russia.

More information will follow.

Footnote: Wild Europe’s current constitution precludes the holding of contracts, in line with our key operating principle agreed with our partners, to support rather than compete with them.