The Endangered Landscapes Programme funds projects which have an ambitious vision of hope for Europe’s landscapes. The Programme is funding on-the-ground projects implementing large-scale restoration work, as well as planning projects to design new, innovative restoration initiatives across Europe.
Project Implementation Grants
The long-term future health of biodiversity requires reversing human degradation through creation of landscapes that are extensive, connected and resilient. Experience shows us that when exploitative activities end, barriers to recovery are removed, and nature is given time to heal itself, degraded landscapes can recover. The Endangered Landscapes Programme aims to restore natural ecosystem processes, healthy populations of flora and fauna and habitats that deliver sustainable benefits for nature and people.
The projects funded by the Programme showcase the extraordinary diversity and richness of Europe’s landscapes. From rugged river valleys in Western Iberia, to the forests of Eastern Europe and the marine environment of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline, these projects illustrate the transformation that is possible when space is given to nature at the landscape scale.
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Project Planning Grants
Restoring biodiversity and natural ecosystem processes at a landscape scale is a complex business. Understanding and accommodating the needs and interests of diverse stakeholders, consideration of varied and fragmented tenure types, and the need for relevant scientific evidence to support policy change, are just some of the challenges to the development of new initiatives. By providing funding to support the work needed to build alliances, understand systems, prepare plans and draft funding proposals, the Programme is catalyzing the development of exciting, innovative new landscape restoration projects across Europe.
From the wetlands of Iceland that were drained for agriculture, to the Azov-Black Sea ecological corridor where development has degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the potential exists to restore biodiversity and ecosystem processes to benefit people and nature.
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Enhancing opportunities for ecological restoration in the Azov-Black Sea eco-corridor
The Azov-Black Sea coastline is a highly important migration corridor, providing a stopover for 8 million birds twice a year, as they travel between breeding sites in Eurasia and wintering grounds in Africa and the Middle East. This coastline supports more than 10,000 species of flora and fauna, but over the last 70 years the resilience and biodiversity of its land and aquatic ecosystems have deteriorated due to substantial human pressures.
This project lays the groundwork for large-scale restoration to sustain the functionality of the Azov-Black Sea eco-corridor, through connectivity assessment, stakeholder engagement and development of a political framework for its protection.