Rewilding complex ecosystems

Perino, Andrea, Pereira, Henrique M, Navarro, Laetitia M, Fernández, Néstor, Bullock, James M, Ceaușu, Silvia, Cortés-Avizanda, Ainara, van Klink, Roel, Kuemmerle, Tobias, Lomba, Angela, Pe’er, Guy, Plieninger, Tobias, Rey Benayas, José M, Sandom, Christopher J, Svenning, Jens-Christian and Wheeler, Helen C (2019) Rewilding complex ecosystems. Science, 364 (6438). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1095-9203

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Abstract

The practice of rewilding has been both promoted and criticized in recent years. Benefits include flexibility to react to environmental change and the promotion of opportunities for society to reconnect with nature. Criticisms include the lack of a clear conceptualization of rewilding, insufficient knowledge about possible outcomes, and the perception that rewilding excludes people from landscapes. Here, we present a framework for rewilding that addresses these concerns.We suggest that rewilding efforts should target trophic complexity, natural disturbances, and dispersal as interacting processes that can improve ecosystem resilience and maintain biodiversity.We propose a structured approach to rewilding projects that includes assessment of the contributions of nature to people and the social-ecological constraints on restoration.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Christopher Sandom
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 10:16
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 15:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83734

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