What's next for rewilding?

Rewilding has emerged as a captivating, but controversial, concept in conservation. Depending on how rewilding is defined, it aims to increase “wildness” of nature, regenerate ecosystem functioning, develop self-sustaining ecosystems, or achieve a combination of these. The concept is however gaining traction, particularly in the UK: several conservation NGOs have started to implement rewilding projects and/or develop policies or institutional strategies anchored on the tenets of rewilding. Others have started promoting rewilding as a principle in conservation legislation, and intergovernmental entities such as the Convention on Biological Diversity have been exploring the potential for rewilding to contribute to biodiversity conservation goals. To date, however, relatively little legislation, policy and best-practice guidance for rewilding exists, and other concepts, such as natural capital, are also   appealing to policy makers keen to identify environmental management approaches that benefit wildlife and people. This event will discuss the current research and conceptual priorities for rewilding to be broadly adopted by legislators and practitioners. Focus will be brought on the UK, a country whose decision to leave the European Union has triggered a significant reshaping of the environmental policy landscape, thereby opening policy windows for rewilding to become part of the national toolkit for boosting biodiversity.

This event will be hosted by Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology ZSL. Speakers will include:

  • Henrike Schulte to Bühne, Institute of Zoology, ZSL and Imperial College London: "The policy consequences of defining rewilding"
  • William Farren, Institute of Zoology, ZSL and University of Reading: "Megafauna and Rewilding: Importance, Practicalities and Potential"

Read more about rewilding in a blog post by Henrike Schulte to Bühne and William Farren here


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We are excited to bring back our Science and Conservation Events series in a new online format, please read the following information carefully:

  • This interactive online event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel which can be found here: zsl.org/IOZYouTube. You can access it there or via the link shared above. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss a future event! 
  • The event will run from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, and will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel afterwards. 
  • Each event will comprise of 3-4 presentations from experts in the topic, similar to our previous event series.
  • There is no charge for this event, and no need to register in advance to watch the livestream.
  • If you would like to submit a question to the speakers before the event, please email it to scientific.events@zsl.org with the event title in the Subject line.


ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so keep an ear out in the following months! Listen to previous episodes from our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes produced by Dr Monika Bohm and Eleanor Darbey here


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