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Revealing the contribution of rewilding to the EU’s climate and biodiversity goals

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All over Europe, nature is making a comeback. Now it’s time to assess the effects!

The WILDCARD project is unveiling the contribution of two major rewilding approaches to solving the climate and biodiversity crises. We also work hand-in-hand with local stakeholders from Europe’s main rewilding hotspots to sow the seeds of social transformation through rewilding.

WILDCARD is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme with a budget of €8,9 million and by the Swiss government with a contribution of €1,2 million. It runs from January 2024 to December 2027 and is implemented by 16 partners in 9 European countries.

What is rewilding?

Rewilding is about letting nature do the job of repairing degraded and damaged ecosystems. It’s about reinstating natural processes that would have occurred in the absence of human activity.

The goal is to create self-sustaining and wilder natural areas that support a wide range of native plants, animals and microorganisms, reversing the potential negative impacts of intensive human management.

In WILDCARD, we focus on two main rewilding approaches: the rewilding of abandoned agricultural lands and the halting of forest management (proforestation).

What we do

WILDCARD is identifying priority areas where rewilding achieves the most benefits for the climate, biodiversity and society.

We are, for the first time, quantifying such benefits at the European scale by combining satellite and field data from hundreds of locations across the continent. At the same time, the project is establishing a fruitful dialogue with local people and decision-makers through the WILDCARD Rewilding Forum.

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News & Events

Reflections at the XIX “Fragile Areas” Conference “Going wild again: Socio-spatial trends in fragile rural areas”

Reflections at the XIX “Fragile Areas” Conference “Going wild again: Socio-spatial trends in fragile rural areas”

Apr 13, 2024

The XIX “Aree Fragili (Fragile Areas)” Conference “Going wild again: Socio-spatial trends in fragile rural areas” took place on 22 and 23 March in Rovigo, Italy. Organised by the Università…

Karst ecosystems from 2022 to 2024: what changed after the big fires

Karst ecosystems from 2022 to 2024: what changed after the big fires

Mar 26, 2024

A new investigation by the Universities of Udine and Trieste shows the effects of rewilding on Karst ecosystems between Italy and Slovenia after the large 2022 fires. The research results…

New Horizon project WILDCARD to reveal contribution of rewilding to EU’s climate and biodiversity goals

New Horizon project WILDCARD to reveal contribution of rewilding to EU’s climate and biodiversity goals

Mar 26, 2024

All over Europe, nature is making a comeback. As more people move to cities and other land use changes occur, the EU’s forest area is increasing, having grown by almost…

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