Rewilding Europe

Nature & Carbon Corridors

Creating nature and carbon corridors with Rewilding Europe

We’re proud to partner with Rewilding Europe to establish the innovative Nature & Carbon Corridors project, and rewild 100 square metres of the Italian Apennines for every one of our passengers. Here we tell you why.

The world’s packed with an almost unimaginable abundance of flora and fauna, but with decades of deforestation, farming and industrialisation, our planet’s most beautifully biodiverse regions are significantly at risk of disappearing unless we start to increase our conservation efforts and rewild our world.

The process of “rewilding” helps to restore our nature’s ecosystems and biodiversity, for wildlife to return and thrive, while also combatting climate change by increasing the land’s ability to absorb carbon.

At Exodus, we passionately seek to improve life through travel — for the places we visit, the people we meet, and the planet we explore. Our Planet Plan focuses on carbon footprint reduction, but we are also committed to protecting our world’s biodiversity and landscapes which play an essential role in removing carbon from the atmosphere. To help this conservation effort, we are excited to enter a long-term partnership with Rewilding Europe, together launching the Nature & Carbon Corridors Project.

This project aims to rewild 5,000 hectares of the Italian Apennines over the course of 5 years promoting recovery of regional biodiversity. Wild Italian landscapes like these are particularly close to our hearts as Italy remains our most popular destination for active and outdoor holidays. By working to create five nature corridors to connect the surrounding National Parks, the project will allow for safe passage of local wildlife between parks and significantly increase the lush natural habitat this wildlife needs to thrive. In particular, this will enable an increase in the endangered Marsican bear population, as well as the recovery of wolf, wild cat and many other animal populations.

Once rewilded, the land in the Italian Apennines will also provide an effective carbon sink, capturing an estimated 85,000 tonnes of carbon over 5 years. While helping tackle climate change, this carbon capture also enables Rewilding Europe and Exodus to develop an innovative community carbon scheme, to support local smallholders and land owners in rewilding their land, while mitigating for any lost agricultural income.

Who are Rewilding Europe?

Rewilding Europe is a Non-Profit Organisation (NGO) based in the Netherlands, who are working to create and restore rewilded landscapes in 10 different regions across Europe. With their extensive knowledge and unrivalled expertise in the areas of biodiversity and wildlife protection, the team also pursue rewilding as an effective climate solution which helps to increase biodiversity, provide an effective carbon sink, and counteracts the emerging environmental threats created by rural land-abandonment. Working collaboratively and building good relationships with local communities, National Park staff, landowners, and regional governments, this forward-thinking NGO is leading the way in the conservation movement across the continent to help make Europe a wilder place.

Why is rewilding so important for climate action?

Rewilding helps to restore and protect our planet’s ecosystems and biodiversity, which in turn plays a vital role in tackling climate change. Healthy ecosystems, like diverse forests, mosaic landscapes and vast National Parks, benefit from areas rich in vegetation that soak up carbon emissions from the air. However, when we lose regions like these to deforestation, farming, and industrialisation both lose these carbon sinks and also emit further carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which directly contributes to the rise in our global temperature. Global warming leads to melting icecaps, rising sea levels and has the potential to destroy our biodiverse regions, but if we act now, we can find ways of working with nature, instead of against it.

Experience Rewilding the Apennines

Another way Exodus Travels is helping to support Rewilding Europe’s cause is with the launch of our new trip, Rewilding the Apennines. This trip not only allows travellers to see the beneficial impact of rewilding and building wildlife corridors first-hand, but it also allows us to engage local communities in the rewilding and conservation of these landscapes by developing ‘nature-based’ economic and employment opportunities through ecotourism. As with all of our trips, an additional 100 square metres of land will be rewilded for each passenger who joins the trip as part of our ongoing partnership with Rewilding Europe.

 

Our partnership with Rewilding Europe is part of our ongoing Planet Plan which seeks first and foremost to reduce our carbon emissions, as well as compensating for carbon emitted and collaborating with the wider sector to find climate solutions. Read more here

Photography credits to Bruno D'Amicis & Angela Tavone / Rewilding Europe