Wildlife Estates Label

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Wildlife Estates, the largest, landowner-led, private wildlife conservation label in Europe

Wildlife Estates (WE) was set up 12 years ago with the mission to promote and guide the incredible efforts of landowners and land managers across Europe. This initiative is based on a voluntary approach to highlight the important role of land managers in protecting biodiversity. It hopes to bridge the gap between public authorities and those working closely with land to make them more visible to society as strong guardians of nature.

Today Wildlife Estates is the largest, landowner-led, private wildlife conservation label in Europe. The ELO and Wildlife Estates’ national delegations are continuing to raise the profile of private conservation in the global effort to preserve biodiversity.

ELO’s flagship wildlife conservation project has grown from humble beginnings and ttoday, thanks to the passion and commitment of our members, the Wildlife Estates network consists of over 300 estates and more than 1.5 million hectares, and the project is growing steadily.

The project is managed by 19 national delegations who are responsible for spreading the initiative at the national level. We hold regular regional and national events and conferences in order to increase the support for private landowners. Our aim is to put privately-led conservation and sustainable management on equal footing with environmental organizations.

Each year the Wildlife Estates organizes a 2-day event of conferences and wildlife management site-visits. This event provides an opportunity for all Wildlife Estates label holders, as well as like-minded individuals, to get together to exchange the best practices and to strengthen the European network. It also brings together some of the most influential policy makers in Europe to listen to the concerns of landowners and land managers.

This year the 2018 Plenary Session will be held in Lower Saxony, Germany, in the exquisite Bückeburg palace, a long-standing member of Wildlife Estates.  The event will include a Gala Dinner in presence of Olaf LIES, Minister for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection (Bundestag) to celebrate the impressive advances made by our German partners and members, followed by a conference the following morning and a site visit in the afternoon. Speakers at the conference include Dr. Christiane PAULUS, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment and Humberto DELGADO ROSA, Director for Nature Capital, DG Environment, European Commission.

We welcome members and non-members alike to come and join our events.

To register please contact Jehanne de Dorlodot: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For more information visit www.wildlife-estates.eu and contact your nearest national delegation!

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B-1040 Brussels


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Friends of the Countryside represents the custodians of European estates and the traditional industries, patrimony, and heritage in their stewardship.



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