In recent years, a number of exciting projects have started which aim to restore nature at the landscape-scale. This work commissioned by NatureScot presents case studies from projects and regions where nature restoration is under way, including some rewilding initiatives.
The research explores barriers and opportunities to large-scale nature restoration projects (LSNR) and rewilding through case studies. The work involved the evaluation of 25 case studies, ten of which were explored in greater detail and were informed by one-to-one interviews. The research included analysis of how LSNR / rewilding can be financed using a variety of different financing mechanisms. The research also sought to identify the potential socio-economic impacts of projects, however it needs to be noted that the evidence base is incomplete.
The projects include a broad spectrum of approaches and project scales, which may not be all recognised as ‘rewilding’, from more ‘natural’ projects to those including a higher proportion of land managed for agriculture.
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Key findings - Case studies in large-scale nature restoration and rewilding - Learning from existing projects