By funding preparatory work for the planning of new large-scale restoration initiatives, the Endangered Landscapes Programme is catalysing the development of exciting, innovative work in Europe.
Restoring biodiversity and natural ecosystem processes at a landscape scale is a complex business. Engaging diverse stakeholders behind a shared vision, varied and fragmented land tenure, and the need for scientific evidence to support policy change, are just some of the challenges that may present barriers to the development of new initiatives.
By providing funding to support the work needed to build alliances, establish baselines for biodiversity, prepare business plans or draft funding proposals, the ELP is catalysing 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 land and aquatic ecosystems, the potential exists to restore biodiversity and ecosystem processes to benefit people and nature.