Principles of rewilding
Rewilding is all about people and natural processes working at scale for the long-term
We define rewilding according to four key principles. These principles guide our approach to rewilding:
1. People, communities and livelihoods are key
Rewilding embraces the role of people – and their cultural and economic connections to the land – working within a wider, healthy ecosystem.
Rewilding is a choice of land management. It relies on people making a collective decision to explore an alternative future for the land.
Those who own and derive their income from the land are central to making this decision. Rewilding acknowledges their role as stewards of a healthy natural ecosystem and provides new opportunities for young people to stay in their communities.
While human impact is minimised in core rewilding areas, people may still engage through, for example, nature-based enterprises or wildlife experiences. In surrounding buffers areas, the sustainable harvesting of timber, animals (hunting and fishing) and plants (such as berries, nuts and so on) all provide productive alternatives.
Rewilding can help people experience the wonder and enchantment of wild nature. Being in wild places can help improve health and wellbeing, and deliver a range of social benefits for youth development, youth at risk or conflict resolution.