Restoring landscapes for life

The Endangered Landscapes Programme is building a future in which landscapes are enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people

Annual Review 2022

Photo: Viktar Malyshchyc

Restoring landscapes across Europe

Over many centuries, Europe’s landscapes and seascapes have become degraded. Ecosystems are fragmented, species have been lost, and the populations of birds, insects and mammals are greatly diminished.

Europe needs to bring life back to its land and seas; we need to restore places where people can reconnect to nature and marvel at the natural world.

Restoring nature at scale is one of the best ways of tackling the twin climate and biodiversity crises, as well as enhancing the wide range of other benefits that nature provides – including clean air and water, fertile soil, flood protection and human health and wellbeing.

The Endangered Landscapes Programme supports partners to restore landscapes and seascapes across Europe for the benefit of nature and people, building a healthier and more hopeful future.

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The Endangered Landscapes Programme activity and impact in numbers:


listed as globally threatened by the IUCN benefitting from project actions


have engaged in ELP projects


co-funding secured across the programme


of land and sea directly under restoration


people reached through ELP and project communications


benefitting from project actions


attended project events


of land and sea newly protected


trained to help enhance natures's recovery

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Featured Project

Carpathian Mountains Artist Residency

Romanian born music producer and DJ Nico de Transilvania grew up close to the forests of Transylvania. Through collaboration with the communities of Carpathian villages, her residency explores how the biodiversity of the Carpathian Mountains is interconnected with local traditions. She is particularly interested in giving voice to elders from Romanian forest communities, since their traditional music centres around human connections with natural cycles. Nico de Transilvania is developing a multi-media installation called ‘I N T E R B E I N G’ combining music, film, photography and the written word. Traditional Romanian songs and forest soundscapes are combined with new electronic sounds showcasing the interconnectedness between nature and people whilst also bridging multiple generations.

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Latest News

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