Restoring ecosystems for life

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

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Restoring land and seas 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 & Seascapes 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 & Seascapes Programme activity and impact in numbers:


listed as globally threatened by the IUCN benefitting from project actions


have engaged in ELSP projects


co-funding secured across the programme


of land and sea directly under restoration


made at conferences, knowledge fairs, and workshops


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

Gökova Bay to Cape Gelidonya

Where the Central Aegean and the North East Levantine Seas meet, Mediterranean waters provide critical habitat for some of its most charismatic species, including sandbar sharks, loggerhead turtles and monk seals. These waters have long provided local people with sustainable livelihoods through fishing, but this traditional way of life is being threatened by illegal and unregulated fishing activity, damage from tourism and invasive species from the Red Sea. To achieve recovery of this essential seascape for native species in the face of climate change, this project is scaling up a successful pilot project to restore approximately 700km of vulnerable marine habitat along the Turkish Mediterranean coast. This is helping to re-establish ecosystem connectivity, provide space for habitat and species recovery, and strengthen the first line of defence against invasive species.

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