Rewilding

Image from the Smithsonian Magazine (link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracking-the-elusive-lynx-46540/ )

Image from the Smithsonian Magazine (link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracking-the-elusive-lynx-46540/ )

Disclaimer; I originally got the idea for today’s blog post from my sister, and you should check out her website if you’re interested in climate change and becoming more environmentally conscious (click here). However, I wanted to write about this on vettobe.com as well, because it’s a concept I think a lot of you would be interested to read about. So without further ado, let me explain what “rewilding” is.

Rewilding is a term coined by conservationist and radical activist Dave Foreman in the 1990’s, but was reclaimed and repurposed by conservation biologists Michael Soulé and Reed Noss in a paper published in Wild Earth in 1998. Their way of defining the term can be summed up in the alliteration “conservation based on cores, corridors, and carnivores.” These represent the three independent features that characterize contemporary rewilding:

1.       Large, strictly protected, core reserves (the wild)

2.       Connectivity

3.       Keystone species

By reintroducing certain keystone species, scientists believe that we can restore ecosystems and return nature to its original “wild” state. According to noted science and nature writer David Quammen, over the years, many “grassroots groups and major international conservation organizations have incorporated rewilding into projects to protect and restore large-scale core wilderness areas, corridors (or connectivity) between them, and apex predators, carnivores, or keystone species”. Among them is “Rewilding Europe”, an initiative started in 2011 with a mission statement “to make Europe a much wilder place.” If you’re interested in learning more about their organization, click the video below.

I personally think this is an amazing initiative, where biodiversity is being secured by letting Mother Nature run her course and take care of herself. If you’re interested in reading more, I’ve included a ton of links in the main text, or you can simply click here to be taken to the Rewilding Europe website to read more about their current projects.