Rewilding in a changing climate

11 Dec 2018 18:00 - 19:45

Climate change is happening fast, driving some ecosystems well beyond their limits. Conservation policy commonly aims to restore habitats to historical benchmarks or modern likely equivalents. However, as climate changes and species redistribute themselves in response, this may in some circumstances no longer be an option. Rewilding is a novel and rapidly developing concept in ecosystem management, which presents a transformative approach to conserving biodiversity. Originally defined as a conservation method based on ‘cores, corridors, and carnivores’, the term is now broadly understood as the repair or refurbishment of ecosystem functionality through the (re)introduction of selected species. Rewilding could provide a flexible framework for tackling the biodiversity crisis and enhancing ecological resilience, but may sometimes involve supporting the introduction of non-native species. Speakers will debate the pros and cons of designing and managing future-proofed ecosystems, highlighting the potential ecological and socio-economic risks and benefits, and exploring the current barriers to implementation.

Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.
  • The ZSL Library will be open to ZSL Fellows before the event and will offer a talk at 4.45pm on 'How to make the most of your library' or `Art works and archives’.  Please contact for further information.


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