Grzegorz Leśniewski / Wild Wonders of Europe


Project name:
Urgent actions for the recovery of European Bison populations in Romania

Coordinating beneficiary:

Rewilding Europe



Acronym: LIFE RE-Bison

Reference code:
LIFE14 NAT/NL/000987

Duration: 5 years.
Start date 01.01.2016.
End date 30.03.2021

Total budget: 1,816,991 euros
EU contribution: 1,362,735 euros

Life Natura2000

This Project is co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union.

Main activities

Exploring the Southern Carpathian wilderness

Exploring the Southern Carpathian wilderness
Bogdan Comănescu/WWF-România

Conservation: Establishing two stable and interconnected bison sub-populations in the Țarcu Mountains (Bison Hillock area) and Poiana Ruscă Mountains (Bison Glade area).

Education: Developing a multi-disciplinary research programme together with national and international universities and think tanks. Developing and rolling out an education programme for the local youth in order to enrich their understanding of the bison and to open up professional opportunities for the future.

Eco-tourism: Developing innovative products and services for tourists worldwide, based on the bison and observation of other local wildlife.

Communications: Promoting the bison rewilding initiative and the benefits associated with its comeback for nature and communities alike, and motivating people to spend time in nature, in the south-western Romanian wilderness.