To celebrate the recent relaunch of our website, Rewilding Europe is conducting interviews with prominent persons in conservation and rewilding across Europe. Following on from Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, we are delighted to present British naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author Chris Packham as the second interviewee of this series.
In a recent interview with Rewilding Britain you talked a bit about the rewilding movement in the UK. How would you evaluate the rewilding movement in continental Europe right now?
Rewilding is clearly at a more advanced stage in continental Europe than in the United Kingdom, and it’s heartening to see such good, well-structured progress being made. Thanks, in part, to the efforts of Rewilding Europe, there seems to be a gathering sense of momentum behind European rewilding. Rewilding is sometimes branded as controversial, but to me it’s just common sense. Many people think of conservation as looking after the wild nature that we have left. The work of Rewilding Europe and its partners across the continent shows that we can and should do much more than this, and that rewilding can bring benefits on so many levels.
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