Large-scale habitat restoration projects across Europe
Protecting endangered nature
Cambridge Conservation Initiative
Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme
The Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme (ELSP, formally the Endangered Landscapes Programme) supports large-scale restoration projects across Europe’s land and seas. Managed in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, it aims to create large, connected landscapes, recover ecosystem processes, and promote more sustainable local economies.
The ELSP works to create extensive areas of habitat that are resilient and self-sustaining. ELSP projects work to reverse biodiversity loss, revive rural economies and provide inspiration for a shift in the policy and practice of nature conservation.
We set up the programme in 2016. So far, it has supported 45 projects, including 13 large-scale restoration projects. Together, the ELSP projects are actively restoring more than 150,000 hectares of land and sea across Europe, from Georgia’s steppes, to Finland’s peatlands, and the Danube delta, and influencing land management of more than 4.5 million hectares.
In 2023 we renewed our grant, extending the ELSP to a further seven years, and expanding it’s remit: almost half of our $72m grant will be dedicated to efforts to restore Europe’s seas and costal areas. Over the coming years, it the ELSP will support for up to eight new seascape restoration projects.