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The policy consequences of defining rewilding

Schulte to Bühne, H; Pettorelli, N; Hoffmann, M; (2022) The policy consequences of defining rewilding. Ambio , 51 (1) pp. 93-102. 10.1007/s13280-021-01560-8. Green open access

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Abstract

More than 30 years after it was first proposed as a biodiversity conservation strategy, rewilding remains a controversial concept. There is currently little agreement about what the goals of rewilding are, and how these are best achieved, limiting the utility of rewilding in mainstream conservation. Achieving consensus about rewilding requires agreeing about what “wild” means, but many different definitions exist, reflecting the diversity of values in conservation. There are three key debates that must be addressed to find a consensual definition of “wild”: (1) to which extent can people and “wild” nature co-exist?; (2) how much space does “wild” nature need? and (3) what kinds of “wild” nature do we value? Depending on the kinds of “wild” nature rewilding aims to create, rewilding policy will be faced with managing different opportunities and risks for biodiversity and people.

Type: Article
Title: The policy consequences of defining rewilding
Location: Sweden
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-021-01560-8
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01560-8
Language: English
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Keywords: Human-nature relationships, Rewilding, Wilderness, Wildness, Biodiversity, Conservation of Natural Resources, Ecosystem, Humans, Policy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164038
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