This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory, and current practices of rewilding.
Rewilding offers a transformational paradigm shift in conservation thinking, and as such is increasingly of interest to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. However, as a rapidly emerging area of conservation, the term has often been defined and used in a variety of different ways (both temporally and spatially). There is, therefore, the need for a comprehensive assessment of this field, and the Routledge Handbook of Rewilding fills this lacuna. The handbook is organised into four sections to reflect key areas of rewilding theory, practice, and debate: the evolution of rewilding, theoretical and practical underpinnings, applications and impacts, and the ethics and philosophy of rewilding. Drawing on a range of international case studies the handbook addresses many of the key issues, including land acquisition and longer-term planning, transitioning from restoration (human-led, nature enabled) to rewilding (nature-led, human enabled), and the role of political and social transformational change.
Led by an editorial team who have extensive experience researching and practising rewilding, this handbook is essential reading for students, academics and practitioners interested in rewilding, ecological restoration, natural resource management and conservation.
SECTION 1 THE EVOLUTION OF REWILDING
- Introduction: What is rewilding?
- The emergence of rewilding in North America
- The emergence of rewilding in Europe
- Ecological restoration and rewilding: Integrating communities of practice to achieve common goals
- Developing a framework for rewilding based on its social-ecological aims
- Trophic cascades as a basis for rewilding
T.J. Clark-Wolf and Mark Hebblewhite
- Species translocations, taxon replacements, and rewilding
- Cores and corridors: Natural landscape linkages to rewild protected areas and wildlife refuges
- Mapping wildness and opportunities for rewilding
- Measuring success in rewilding: Ecological overview
- Measuring success in rewilding? Coping with socio-ecological uncertainties in rewilding projects
- Rewilding ‘knowledges’: Blending science and Indigenous knowledge systems
- Rewilding: A legal perspective
- Rewilding case study: Yellowstone to Yukon
- Rewilding case study: Carrifran Wildwood
- Rewilding case study: Going wild in Argentina, a multidisciplinary and multispecies reintroduction programme to restore ecological functionality
- Rewilding case study: Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
- Rewilding case study: Restoring Western Australia’s rangelands: Mutawa/Kurrara Kurrara
- Rewilding case study: Forest restoration: conservation outcomes and lessons from Terai Arc Landscape, Nepal
Ananta Ram Bhandari and Shiv Raj Bhatta
- Rewilding case study: Monitoring natural capital and rewilding at the Natural Capital Laboratory, Birchfield, Loch Ness
Chris White, Emilia Leese, Ian Convery, and Philip Rooney
- Eco-civilisation provides new opportunities for rewilding in China
Yue Cao, Zhicong Zhao, Rui Yang, Steve Carver, and Ian Convery
- Restoring what we’ve lost: Lessons from evolutionary history for rewilding and coexisting in landscapes with predators
- Rewilding and farming: Could the relationship be improved through adopting a three compartment approach to land use?
Julia Aglionby and Hannah Field
- Unseen connections: The role of fungi in rewilding
David Sattori and Matt Wainhouse
- Rewilding and human health
- Rewilding, the wildlife trade, and human conflict
René Beyers and Sally Hawkins
- Rewilding children and young people: The role of education and schools
- Wild adventure: A restorying
- Wilder values: The ethics and philosophy of rewilding
- Rewilding from the inside out: A personal commitment to other animals and their homes during the Anthropause and afterwards
- Rewilding and cultural transformation: Healing nature and reweaving humans back into the web of life.
- Wild democracy: Ecodemocracy in rewilding
Helen Kopnina, Simon Leadbeater, and Anja Heister
- Rewilding and the ethics of place
- Knepp Wildland; the ethos and efficacy of Britain’s first private rewilding project
Simon Leadbeater, Helen Kopnina and Paul Cryer
- Human rewilding: Practical pointers to address a root cause of global environmental crises
Georgina Maffey and Koen Arts
Sally Hawkins, Rene Beyers, Steve Carver and Ian Convery
Mark Fisher and Steve Carver
Alexandra Locquet and Steve Carver
Cara R. Nelson
SECTION 2 THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF REWILDING
Jonathan Carruthers-Jones, Andrew Gregory and Adrien Guette
René Beyers and Antony R.E. Sinclair
Lisa Fenton and Zoe Playdon
Adam Eagle, Alex Cooper, Rob Espin, Jack Gould and Elsie Blackshaw-Crosby
SECTION 3 APPLICATION AND IMPACTS OF REWILDING
Jodi Hilty, Charles Chester and Pamela Wright
Stuart Adair and Philip Ashmole
Emiliano Donadio, Talía Zamboni and Sebastián Di Martino
Rob Pringle and Dominique Gonçalves
Ian Kealley and Neil Burrows
Joanna E. Lambert and Joel Berger
Heather VanVolkenburg, Rene Beyers, Cara Nelson, Liette Vasseur, Angela Andrade, Ian Convery and Steve Carver
SECTION 4 WILDER VALUES: THE ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF REWILDING
Kate Rawles (section editor)
Peter Taylor, Alan Watson Featherstone, Simon Ayres, Adam Griffin and Eric Maddern
'Over the course of three to four decades, rewilding has progressed from a rather obscure concept associated with radical environmentalism to a well-accepted and even mainstream paradigm for comprehensive ecosystem restoration worldwide. This handbook, edited by four founding members of the IUCN Rewilding Thematic Group, is a much-needed overview of the history, theory, practice, and debate surrounding rewilding.'
Reed F. Noss, Ph.D., Florida Institute for Conservation Science, Conservation Science, Inc.
'A much-needed source of information and inspiration for the growing community of people working to help Nature heal, the Routledge Handbook of Rewilding teaches us how to restore missing species, including large carnivores and other keystone species; reconnect wildlife habitats; expand wilderness and parks; and coexist with all our neighbours, wild and human. "Rewilding" has taken root and ramified widely in the decades since North American wilderness champions coined the term; and this book - which will challenge as well as motivate all readers - shows how the varying branches of work can rewild lands and waters from Scotland to Argentina, from Australia to the Yukon.'
John Davis, Executive Director, The Rewilding Institute (rewilding.org)
'With only 2-3% of land and sea functionally intact, rewilding is as necessary as it is exciting, and presents us with the opportunity to both address the past and current damage done by human "development" as well as to create a new relationship between ourselves and nature. This book comes at a pivotal time, framing the history, practice, practitioners and promise of the rewilding work that is essential to addressing the twin crises of climate breakdown and the extinction emergency. Rewilding is a pathway to a new and hopeful future.'
Magnus Sylvén, Co-Director, Global Rewilding Alliance (GRA) and Vance G. Martin, WILD Foundation; GRA; Wilderness Specialist Group (IUCN/WCPA)
'This book provides rich and diverse contribution to our understanding of the theory, principles and practical application of rewilding from around the world.'
Rebecca Wrigley, Rewilding Britain