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Rewilding movement in Iberia

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Offline steveT

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« on: August 06, 2014, 15:54 PM »
The concept of rewilding European areas has grown over recent years. There is now some serious money behind it too and its being supported through people who have influence and land. I've put the topic under mammals as it is the presence of large herbivores and their impact on the environment that underpins the rewilding concept.

There are 2 model projects in Iberia -  The “Campanarios de Azába” and ”Faia Brava” reservesas. This subject has not come up on the forum - I thought I'd ask what others know or think about what is going on in Spain - I know a little about the Campanarios de Azába project.

I'm all for rewilding - clearly - but there is a lot to it ............. There's loads on the European rewilding site is worth a visit - The Carpathian film is definately worth seeing ....... makes a change from more motorways, new construction projects and drained wetlands for crops..............

 I suppose what I'm saying is that this could be the beginning of politicians believing that big wild spaces have a place in Europe and that they are integral to  Europe's future and its identity - either through keeping them or making them ........

Offline davejsy

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014, 10:24 AM »
Hi Steve,

Yes this is good news and has been gaining traction, however as always it is always a bumpy ride and not everyone is up for it. There are quite a few initiatives in place, and many focus on the reintroduction of the top carnivores which is proven to be vital for maintaining the equilibrium.

In addition to the fantastic Rewilding Europe site, there are also a few others worth a look:

www.lcie.org The Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe

http://wildmed.tv/ A movement to rewild the Sierra Moreno which has suffered much damage due to the loss of wolves, and the fences put up to keep in game animals.

Across the pond: http://rewilding.org/rewildit/

George Monbiot has a book on the subject called "Feral" which is well worth a read, and has some radical thinking behind it. He also provides the narration for this video on the effects of the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

So yes Steve, a lot of good work is going on by a lot of good people, and something that will benefit us all on a global scale.