Wilderness Conference

Wilderness in a Modified European Landscape

A stunning panorama of wildness stretches into the distance.A stunning panorama of wildness stretches into the distance.
Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny TD, at Wild Nephin.Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny TD, at Wild Nephin.

Date: 14th - 16th May 2013
Location: Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

Coillte (Ireland’s state forest company), in cooperation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Mayo County Council, and supported by Pan Parks and Wild Europe, are organising an international conference on - THE POTENTIAL AND CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPING WILDERNESS IN MODIFIED EUROPEAN LANDSCAPES, to be held in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, on 14th May - 16th May 2013 during Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Conference will bring together experts, representing national and international organisations, to share information and exchange ideas on current and possible future approaches to rewilding modified landscapes particularly former plantation forests and other impacted landscapes.

Who should attend?

The conference will be of particular interest to large land owners (both public and private) who maybe considering re-wilding or wilderness projects in Europe. State Forest organisations and National Park authorities will find the programme of particular value as will nature conservation and advocacy organisations, both statutory and non governmental. Universities, outdoor recreation and ecotourism groups will also benefit and add much to the debate and discussions.

Registration and cost

Registration for this Conference will be €100 and will include the conference dinner and field trip transport. All other travel, accommodation and subsistence costs will be the sole responsibility of the delegates.

To register your interest in participating or for further details please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about Nephin:

Wild about Nephin Beg, Irish Times, Monday April 8th, 2013