Symposium success reveals huge potential of rewilding

Symposium benoeming Liesbeth Bakker
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Symposium success reveals huge potential of rewilding


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With over 2000 participants, the enormous interest in last week’s Rewilding Symposium shows that rewilding is being increasingly embraced as a progressive approach to conservation. As the connection between rewilding science and practice develops, the impact of rewilding will continue to scale up and inspire others to become involved.

Rewilding boasts increasing appeal as a progressive conservation approach, and offers game-changing potential in terms of the global restoration of wild nature. These were the overriding takeaways from the online Rewilding Symposium, which took place on Thursday 3 December.

More than 2000 people from more than 50 countries across the world joined the event, which was organised by Rewilding EuropeWageningen University and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

“At the start of the symposium I posed the question: ‘can we rewild the world?'” says symposium co-host and event chair Liesbeth Bakker, Europe’s first professor of rewilding ecology. “Given the overwhelming interest in and positive feedback from this event, the simple answer has to be yes."

Participants in the Rewilding Symposium enjoyed talks by six rewilding experts and practitioners. Their presentations can now be viewed online:

Liesbeth Bakker's presentation at the symposium