In the 15 months since WILD10 (10th World Wilderness Congress) convened in Salamanca, Spain, the re-emergence of wild nature across Europe’s lands and seas has continued and accelerated. Wolves and some other predators roam further and increase their numbers. Human-assisted re-wilding has increased dramatically, with the European Bison reintroductions occurring in many places, wild horses released in Central Europe and Spain, and numerous privately-controlled initiatives springing up to both save wilderness and to help re-wild. Many cities are turning their planning and priorities to sustainability and beyond, to understanding what it means to be a WILD City.….and more. We have much for which to be thankful.
But the threats continue apace. The Carpathian old growth forests – the green, wild heart of Europe – is being assailed. Key iconic species such as the Iberian lynx still hover at the brink of extinction. And, alarmingly, the availability of more newly and naturally re-wilded landscapes is now drawing the attention of commercial agricultural, forestry, and bio-mass companies.
The opportunity remains ripe to show how wild nature and human society can reach a new and mutually beneficial relationship in the world’s most densely-populated continent. We need to act NOW, because this window will not remain open for long. To help inspire and inform such action, key partners from WILD10 re-assembled to produce a slightly updated version of A Vision for a Wilder Europe, a main outcome among a host of actions and products produced through the WILD10 process.
If you would like to read a copy of the report A Vision for Wilder Europe please email info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk and we will email you a copy or you can download a copy here.