The Operating Model

The Rewilding Europe operating model is centred on the 10 rewilding areas. There are three main components in this operating framework (Fig. 9.2).

Fig. 9.2  Operating model of Rewilding Europe

The rewilding areas are in themselves carefully selected based on a number of criteria that together determine their critical success factors. Each rewilding area works in an integrated way on the three components, which are rewilding, enterprise development and communication. At the centre of this selection process are local rewilding partners who are critically important to drive and implement activities in the rewilding areas.

A central team devises the Rewilding Europe strategy and supports local teams to implement rewilding activities in the rewilding areas. The central team also launches tools and mechanisms to support programme activities, while addressing the three components listed above in an integrated way. For example it is possible that Rewilding Europe Capital provides a loan to a promising enterprise that is linked to a tauros ( Bos taurus) breeding centre, while the animals are provided by the European Wildlife Bank (Fig. 9.2). The release of the animals is communicated to a wider European audience, in combination with the Aurochs book (Goderie et al. 2013) that describes the comeback of this European iconic species.

External partners and stakeholders provide support in various ways and are critical for Rewilding Europe's success and delivery. Among the strategic stakeholders are the initiating partners that provide strategic and technical support. Financial partners and funding institutions (some being also strategic partners) provide finance, such as the United Postcode Lotteries, Adessium Foundation, Liberty Wildlife Fund and new, future target groups such as impact investors and (local) business partners. Local landholders and stakeholders, such as private landowners, park and reserve managers, hunting concession owners and other landholders facilitate in securing land tenure and access. Finally scientific institutions and experts (both at a central and local level) provide scientific knowledge and background, do applied research and provide monitoring services. For example, together with Wageningen University, an international Wilderness Entrepreneurship Programme has started (see Chap. 10). Moreover, the Zoological Society of London, BirdLife International and other local experts are currently undertaking feasibility studies and research work (e.g. Deinet et al. 2013).

This operating model is an evolving dynamic that adapts as lessons are learnt and the landscapes evolve, however it provides an overview of how the different activities and components of Rewilding Europe are interlinked and centred around the rewilding areas.

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