Rewilding Europe

Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, with much more space for wildlife, wilderness and natural processes. Bringing back the variety of life for us all to enjoy and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.

Rewilding Europe aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, creating 10 magnificent wildlife and wilderness areas of international quality. We will especially focus on Europe’s huge areas of abandoned land, and on providing a viable business case for wild nature.

Rewilding Europe emphasises the joy and the value of wildness, and takes active part in a mass communication effort to stimulate a greater sense of pride in the wild and to spread a vision of a wilder continent. A Europe with much more wildlife than today, where this is also much more watchable and accessible to its citizens. A Europe with much larger areas of protected wilderness, vast areas of rewilded lands and reserves forming ecological corridors across the continent.

Velebit is one of six rewilding areas where Rewilding Europe is currently working across the Europe. For more information on Velebit or other rewilding areas please visit

Rewilding Europe is an initiative by WWF Netherlands, ARK Nature, Wild Wonders of Europe and Conservation Capital.

Rewilding Europe Capital

Guslice & Melnice is a proud recipient of funding from Rewilding Europe Capital (REC). REC is a specialist financing division of Rewilding Europe that provides loan finance to businesses that can promote the rewilding vision for Europe by supporting rewilding activities and wild nature, and through incentivising communities to connect with and protect nature in Europe.

REC was established to support communities and businesses within in the rewilding areas to benefit economically and socially from nature, wildlife and rewilding activities.

REC welcomes funding applications from any business and is particularly focused on the following markets:

• Tourism operators – Nature, wildlife and eco-adventure tourism operators including wildlife watching and nature guides, and wildlife hide operators;
• Accommodations – Pension, hotel, lodge and ranch operators in the rewilding areas;
• Natural products – Producers of local natural products associated with nature e.g. honey, cheese, wine, and organic meat;
• Education providers – Businesses providing educational courses associated with nature;
• Hunting groups – Hunting associations or private owners that own hunting rights or concessions of more than 1,000ha;
• Land owners – Land owners with rights over more than 500 ha of land located in a rewilding area that would like to develop businesses connected to nature and wildlife;
• Technology – Technology that can support rewilding processes and promote access to nature and wild environments.
If you own a business that you believe can be developed in partnership with REC or would like any further information, please contact Mathew McLuckie or visit