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Title: Rewilding in Spain: Where is it possible and why is it interesting? An analysis from the point of whew of a protected area manager

Author: Palau, Jordi;

Date: 2015

Source: In: Watson, Alan; Carver, Stephen; Krenova, Zdenka; McBride, Brooke, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Tenth World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2013, 4-10 October, Salamanca, Spain. Proceedings RMRS-P-74. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 14-20.

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Description: Rewilding is a relatively new nature conservation strategy, especially in Europe, where there are virtually no experiences put into full practice yet. This approach is based on the restoration of natural processes as the main drivers of ecosystem dynamics. When developing this concept in Spain, it would be important to analyse why it is interesting and where it is possible. In this paper we provide seven main arguments that make rewilding an interesting option in the Spanish context: six conceptual (ethicalconservationist, functional, scientific, aesthetic-artistic-spiritual, educational, economic) and a seventh more pragmatic (opportunity). We also analyse the factors that make an area more or less suitable for rewilding, and have grouped them in four main categories: geographic, socio-economic, ecologic and legal. With those factors we propose an index to assess the suitability of an area for rewilding. Finally, we define which typology of areas is more suitable for such a project, and we draw some key ideas for a Spanish strategy of rewilding. In all those considerations, the point of view of a protected area manager, working for a regional government and living in a depopulated rural area, is providing a more pragmatic approach.

Keywords: rewilding, natural processes, Spain, area selection, suitability index

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Palau, Jordi. 2015. Rewilding in Spain: Where is it possible and why is it interesting? An analysis from the point of whew of a protected area manager. In: Watson, Alan; Carver, Stephen; Krenova, Zdenka; McBride, Brooke, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Tenth World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2013, 4-10 October, Salamanca, Spain. Proceedings RMRS-P-74. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 14-20.

 


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