Filmed by French production company Bonne Pioche and broadcast on Franco-German TV network ARTE, the documentary provides a comprehensive overview of European rewilding, with extensive coverage of Rewilding Europe’s work.
On May 11 Franco-German TV network ARTE will broadcast the first ever documentary about European rewilding across France and Germany. Put together by French production company Bonne Pioche and titled “L’Europe à la reconquête de la biodiversité” (“Europe reclaims biodiversity”), this fascinating and dramatic production provides a comprehensive overview of rewilding, with significant coverage of Rewilding Europe’s work.
Based on the restoration of natural processes and recovery of wild nature, today rewilding is capturing a growing number of hearts and minds, both in Europe and beyond. The ARTE documentary showcases contemporary European rewilding efforts and the latest views, insights and lessons from a wide range of experts.
It presents a range of European rewilding areas and initiatives, including the Southern Carpathians in Romania, the Greater Côa Valley in Portugal, Knepp Estate in the United Kingdom, and the Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands.
A message of hope
How wild can Europe become again? To what extent can we return complexity and richness to degraded European ecosystems? These are some of the questions that the new documentary aims to answer.
It also profiles the wildlife resurgence that is happening on European doorsteps, with many species now making a comeback thanks to legal protection and dedicated conservation efforts over the last 30 years. Can we, as Europeans, learn to share our landscapes again with returning species such as bears, bison and beaver?