Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Theory of Rewilding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laetitia M. Navarro, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 3-23 Open Access
    3. Silvia Ceauşu, Steve Carver, Peter H. Verburg, Helga U. Kuechly, Franz Hölker, Lluis Brotons et al.
      Pages 25-46 Open Access
    4. Yvonne Cerqueira, Laetitia M. Navarro, Joachim Maes, Cristina Marta-Pedroso, João Pradinho Honrado, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 47-64 Open Access
  3. Rewilding and Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Luigi Boitani, John D. C. Linnell
      Pages 67-84 Open Access
    3. Ainara Cortés-Avizanda, José A. Donázar, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 85-106 Open Access
    4. Thomas Merckx
      Pages 107-125 Open Access
    5. José María Rey Benayas, James M. Bullock
      Pages 127-142 Open Access
    6. Laetitia M. Navarro, Vânia Proença, Jed O. Kaplan, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 143-167 Open Access
  4. Rewillding in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Wouter Helmer, Deli Saavedra, Magnus Sylvén, Frans Schepers
      Pages 171-190 Open Access
    3. Judith C. Jobse, Loes Witteveen, Judith Santegoets, Derk Jan Stobbelaar
      Pages 191-204 Open Access
    4. Laetitia M. Navarro, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 205-223 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-227

About this book


Some European lands have been progressively alleviated of human pressures, particularly traditional agriculture in remote areas. This book proposes that this land abandonment can be seen as an opportunity to restore natural ecosystems via rewilding. We define rewilding as the passive management of ecological successions having in mind the long-term goal of restoring natural ecosystem processes. The book aims at introducing the concept of rewilding to scientists, students and practitioners. The first part presents the theory of rewilding in the European context. The second part of the book directly addresses the link between rewilding, biodiversity, and habitats. The third and last part is dedicated to practical aspects of the implementation of rewilding as a land management option. We believe that this book will both set the basis for future research on rewilding and help practitioners think about how rewilding can take place in areas under their management.


Biodiversity Ecosystem services Land management Restoration ecology Rewilding

Editors and affiliations

  • Henrique M. Pereira
    • 1
  • Laetitia M. Navarro
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Environmental Biology University of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Center for Environmental Biology University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s)(if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12038-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12039-3
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