A Commentary on Rewilding in Europe

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2020) A Commentary on Rewilding in Europe. Journal of Public Affairs, 20 (3). e2071. doi:10.1002/pa.2071

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As relationships between people and nature are being reassessed, not least as concerns about climate change gather increasing momentum, so a range of environmental and conservation themes are moving up public and political agendas. Rewilding, simply defined as increasing the role of natural processes within landscapes, is one such theme. This commentary paper outlines the variety of definitions and origins of the concept of rewilding, illustrates some of the elements of rewilding within Europe and offers some general reflections on the rewilding process. The paper suggests that while many benefits have been claimed for moves to increase the role of natural processes within landscapes and environments, rewilding faces several challenges, in that it means different things to different people, public perceptions of rewilding can generate unease, hostility and concern and it has only limited scientific support. At the same time, there is no clear statutory policies to guide the rewilding process. As such rewilding organisations may increasingly look to communication and public relations to garner public and financial support for their cause.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rewilding; natural processes; policy frameworks; communication, Europe.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 10:49
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 09:20
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7804

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