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Rewilding is a form of ecological restoration aimed at increasing biodiversity and restoring natural processes. It differs from ecological restoration in that, while human intervention may be involved, rewilding aspires to reduce human influence on ecosystems. It is also distinct in that, while it places emphasis on recovering geographically specific sets of ecological interactions and functions that would have maintained ecosystems prior to human influence, rewilding is open to novel or emerging ecosystems which encompass new species and new interactions.

A key feature of rewilding is its focus on replacing human interventions with natural processes. The aim is to create resilient, self-regulating and self-sustaining ecosystems.

While rewilding initiatives can be controversial, the United Nations has listed rewilding as one of several methods needed to achieve massive scale restoration of natural ecosystems, which they say must be accomplished by 2030 as part of the 30x30 campaign.

Both 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 (species which interact strongly with the environment, such as elephant and beaver).

Community action projects[edit | edit source]

  • Rewilding projects which have community involvement.

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  • Rewilding Global, Alliance for a Wilder Earth, "Millions of people are rewilding Earth to help nature heal. You can help." added 10:56, 7 December 2021 (UTC)

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Welcome to Re:wild
Authors: Rewild, Aug 18, 2022

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The Global Rewilding Alliance Map - powered by
Authors: explorer . land, Apr 11, 2022

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  • More flowers, fewer cars: the rewilders turning parking spaces into parks, The Guardian (Jun 22, 2022) — Across the UK and Europe, the ‘parklet’ movement is gaining pace, transforming dead spaces where cars used to be into pockets of green
  • The wolf: the Italian population is increasing, (May 17, 2022) — ISPRA estimates over 3000 specimens in Italy


How to live with large predators – lessons from Spanish wolf country, Nov 15[1]

Emerging geographies of rewilding, Paul Jepson, Mar 20[2]

New rewilding project teaches tour guides to offer fresh look at travel, Jan 22[3]

Climate change mitigation effects of rewilding[edit | edit source]

Conserving areas by protecting areas can boost the carbon sequestration capacity. The European Union, through the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 targets to protect 30% of the sea territory and 30% of the land territory by 2030. In 2021, 7 countries (the G7) pledged to protect or preserve at least 30% of the world's land and 30% of the world's oceans to halt biodiversity loss. A survey by the United Nations Development Programme of public opinion on climate change found that forests and land conservation policies were the most popular solutions of climate change mitigation. W

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