Our passion is Wilderness
The European Wilderness Society is the only Pan-European, wilderness and environmental advocacy non-profit organization with a dedicated multi-cultural and very experienced professional 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:
European Wilderness, WILDForests, WILDRivers, WILDCoasts and WILDIslands. We are also dedicated to the education of the next generation of Europeans on Wilderness.
We identify wild areas, old growth forest and wilderness with the help of local environmental organizations, governmental institutions and in direct contact with protected area managers.
We designate these areas using the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System (EWQA). The EWQA is based upon years of experience auditing, reviewing and consulting wilderness areas across Europe. Already 16 areas have undergone the detailed analysis of the EWQA and its predecessor auditing system managed by our team members. We also partner with local organization in the protection process of really valuable wilderness using financial mechanism like leasing or purchasing property.
We assist in the stewardship process of these areas by proving stewardship capacity building training programs in our European Wilderness Academy and by hosting conferences like the European Wilderness Days. We also evaluate the stewardship effectiveness and offer specialized consulting addressing the specific needs of an area or its stewardship team.
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 of a quarterly European Wilderness Journal in both a printed version and as an Ebook being mailed to more than 500 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, Natura2000 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 FB, 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 protected areas school programs, outdoor experience wilderness camps, produce school magazine and visit schools.
To fulfill its mission and to achieve its objectives, the European Wilderness Society maintains strategic partnerships with some of the best nature conservation organizations of the world. Including:
- EBFN (European Beech Forest Network)
- UNWTO (UNITED NATIONs WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION)
- UNEP (UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME)
- Wei (Wild Europe Initiative)
- John Muir Trust
- Danube Parks 2.0
- University of Klagenfurt
- College FH Eberswalde
- University of Leeds
- Wildland Research Institute
- Friends of the Earth
- And others