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Rewilding European Landscapes

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  • A European approach to rewilding is still lacking published material
  • Chapters written by both researchers and conservation practitioners to interest a wide audience
  • Scientific and practical analysis of rewilding for a holistic approach of the topic
  • Contributing authors are renown experts in their fields
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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. The Theory of Rewilding

  2. Rewilding and Biodiversity

  3. Rewillding in Practice


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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Environmental Biology University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

    Henrique M. Pereira, Laetitia M. Navarro

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