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  • © 2015

Rewilding European Landscapes

  • 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

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Theory of Rewilding

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Rewilding Abandoned Landscapes in Europe

      • Laetitia M. Navarro, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 3-23Open Access
    3. European Wilderness in a Time of Farmland Abandonment

      • Silvia Ceauşu, Steve Carver, Peter H. Verburg, Helga U. Kuechly, Franz Hölker, Lluis Brotons et al.
      Pages 25-46Open Access
    4. Ecosystem Services: The Opportunities of Rewilding in Europe

      • Yvonne Cerqueira, Laetitia M. Navarro, Joachim Maes, Cristina Marta-Pedroso, João Pradinho Honrado, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 47-64Open Access
  3. Rewilding and Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 65-65
    2. Bringing Large Mammals Back: Large Carnivores in Europe

      • Luigi Boitani, John D. C. Linnell
      Pages 67-84Open Access
    3. Top Scavengers in a Wilder Europe

      • Ainara Cortés-Avizanda, José A. Donázar, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 85-106Open Access
    4. Vegetation Restoration and Other Actions to Enhance Wildlife in European Agricultural Landscapes

      • José María Rey Benayas, James M. Bullock
      Pages 127-142Open Access
    5. Maintaining Disturbance-Dependent Habitats

      • Laetitia M. Navarro, Vânia Proença, Jed O. Kaplan, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 143-167Open Access
  4. Rewillding in Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 169-169
    2. Rewilding Europe: A New Strategy for an Old Continent

      • Wouter Helmer, Deli Saavedra, Magnus Sylvén, Frans Schepers
      Pages 171-190Open Access
    3. Preparing a New Generation of Wilderness Entrepreneurs

      • Judith C. Jobse, Loes Witteveen, Judith Santegoets, Derk Jan Stobbelaar
      Pages 191-204Open Access
    4. Towards a European Policy for Rewilding

      • Laetitia M. Navarro, Henrique M. Pereira
      Pages 205-223Open 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

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

    Henrique M. Pereira, Laetitia M. Navarro

Bibliographic Information

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Softcover Book USD 59.99
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