The European Wilderness Society

Our passion is Wilderness

Based on more than 20 years of Wilderness experience by our founders, the European Wilderness Society is the only Pan-European, Wilderness and environmental advocacy non-profit, non-government organisation. It has a dedicated multi-cultural and experienced team of Wilderness and wildlife specialists, nature conservationists, researchers and scientists, tourism experts, marketing and business professionals, legal advisors and Wilderness advocates, whose mission is to:

  • identify
  • designate
  • steward
  • promote

Europe’s last Wilderness, WILDCoasts, WILDForests, WILDIslands and WILDRivers. Here non-human intervention leads to open-ended, dynamic processes.

Please visit the website of the European Wilderness Network

This is conveyed through a range of projects that facilitate Wilderness knowledge exchange, including education, culture and science, from local community through to scientific and governmental level.

Identifying Wilderness

We identify wild areas, old growth forest and Wilderness with the help of local environmental organisations, governmental institutions and protected area management.

Designating Wilderness

We designate these areas using the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System. The European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System is based upon years of experience auditing, reviewing and consulting Wilderness areas across Europe. All areas in the European Wilderness Network have undergone the detailed analysis of the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System and its predecessor auditing system managed by our team members.  We also partner with local organisations in the protection process of valuable Wilderness, using financial mechanism such as leasing or purchasing property.

Stewarding Wilderness

We assist in the Wilderness Stewardship Planning process of these areas by providing stewardship capacity building training programs in our European Wilderness Academy, and by hosting conferences such as the European Wilderness Days. We also evaluate the stewardship effectiveness and offer specialised consulting addressing the specific needs of an area or its stewardship team.

Promoting Wilderness

The European Wilderness Society also promotes wild areas, old growth forests and Wilderness by an extensive communication strategy including:

  • a weekly Wilderness newsletter with interesting stories, background information, updates on European Wilderness Policy issues and inside information into numerous Wilderness areas.
  • publishing the European Wilderness Journal in both a printed version and as an Ebook, being mailed to European Wilderness Advocates, politicians and government employees.
  • an extensive social media presence with almost daily updates.
  • numerous special interest and scientific papers on such diverse topics as sustainable tourism strategies, Natura 2000 management techniques, Wilderness educational curriculums.
  • Our website is a one-stop-shop for information about the European Wilderness. If you would like to be kept up to date on the status of European Wilderness please register for our European Wilderness Newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, and Twitter, or join our open LinkedIn group!

Educating the next generation

In addition to the regular communication strategy, a special focus lies on educational programs aimed at the next generations. We develop together with schools, protected areas programs, outdoor Wilderness camps and school magazines. We also visit schools.

Strategic partnerships

To fulfil its mission and to achieve its objectives, the European Wilderness Society maintains strategic partnerships with some of the best global nature conservation organisations.

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