Rewilding Europe: Making Europe a Wilder Place
Rewilding Europe aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, creating 10 magnificent wildlife and wilderness areas of international quality. Rewilding focuses on Europe’s huge areas of abandoned land, and on providing a viable business case for wild nature.
Rewilding Europe, the movement, is gaining momentum. Rewilding Europe, the video, beautifully makes the case: for today, for tomorrow, for making Europe a wilder place.
From studio kuskus berlin, Imagefilm for Rewilding Europe, Design by Kilian Krug, PluralVisual, Animation by Markus Müller, Studiokuskus; Image film for Rewilding Europe is an initiative by WWF Netherlands, ARK Nature, Wild Wonders of Europe and Conservation Capital. This trailer is a cooperation with PluralVisual from Berlin.
Rewilding Made Manifest: Oostvaardersplassen, The Netherlands
A notable example of rewilding, the Oostvaardersplassen is a nature reserve in the Netherlands covering about 56 square kilometres, managed by the State Forestry Service.
Oostvaardersplassen was created in 1968, in part of a reclaimed polder comprising a complex of large, shallow, freshwater lakes, reedbeds, Salix scrub, and wet meadows. The site is important for a wide variety of wintering, staging and breeding waterbirds, including thousands of pairs of cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis, important numbers of various species of geese and ducks, and the globally-threatened sea eagle, Haliaetus albicilla. Starting in 1989, Oostvaardersplassen is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance (site no. 427, 52º27’N 005º20’E.)
“Such is the success of the Dutch experiment – whatever, exactly, it is – that it has inspired a new movement. Dubbed Rewilding Europe, the movement takes the old notion of wilderness and turns it inside out. Perhaps it’s true that genuine wilderness can only be destroyed, but new “wilderness,” what the Dutch call “new nature,” can be created. Every year, tens of thousands of acres of economically marginal farmland in Europe are taken out of production. Why not use this land to produce “new nature” to replace what has been lost?”
Elizabeth Kolbert, Dept. of Ecology, “Recall of the Wild,” The New Yorker, December 24, 2012, p. 50
Findings of the just released Wildlife Comeback in Europe study will be reported in the
10th World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain.
WILD10 runs from 4 to 10 October 2013, convening some 1200 delegates from up to 50 nations and 50,000 online. You can view or download the complete WILD10 program, for each/all three days of The Global Gathering: People, Planet, Prosperity and each/all three days of the Global Forum’s working sessions. Live video streaming will be available throughout.
The World Wilderness Congress, now the world’s longest-running, public conservation project and environmental forum, has humble beginnings. Ian Player and his Zulu mentor Magqubu Ntombela were sitting on the banks of the Imfolozi River in 1974. As a team, they had guided many small trips into the African wilderness. For 8 years they led groups of 8 people at a time for 5 days on trail. The wilderness experience changed the lives of many participants forever.
On this particular day, however, Magqubu turned to Ian and proposed something that has distinctly influence the global wilderness conservation scene: “We are doing good work,” he said, “but we need to do more. We should call an INDABA-KULU, a great gathering, for all people to come together for wilderness.”