New research highlights need for rewilding in Europe

The EU must focus on restoring its massively degraded ecosystems and linking up Natura 2000 areas in its forthcoming Biodiversity Strategy, a coalition of green groups and research institutes said on Wednesday as they published a set of policy papers.

The campaign group Rewilding Europe, which co-authored the papers with, among others, the European Environmental Bureau and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, said they offer policymakers “critical and effective new tools” to plan for nature restoration.

They centre around a series of maps suggesting how protected areas could be linked by a series of green corridors. “The maps show that areas of Europe where nature is relatively intact are frequently small-scale and isolated, which often leads to further biodiversity decline,” the group said.

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