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Rewilding “offers hope for restoring habitats and saving wildlife” says new Scottish Charter

by | 15 Mar 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News

First-ever figures reveal that more than 2% of Scotland’s land is now rewilding according to new figures from the Scottish Rewilding Alliance, as it launches a new Rewilding Nation Charter.

The new Charter is calling for Scotland to declare itself the world’s first rewilding nation, stating that rewilding “offers hope for restoring habitats and saving wildlife” as well as “major benefits for people, but more needs to be done.”

Scotland still remains one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, ranking 212 out of 240, with 11% of its species currently facing extinction.

The Alliance is urging people to sign the Rewilding Nation Charter, which calls on the Scottish government to commit to nature recovery across 30% of land and sea.

“Climate breakdown and nature loss mean we face an unprecedented threat to our way of life and our children’s future. But it’s not too late. Scotland can lead the way as a Rewilding Nation to benefit nature, climate and people,” says Steve Micklewright, Scottish Rewilding Alliance convenor and chief executive of Trees for Life.

The campaign includes a new feature-length film titled Why Not Scotland?, which explores how rewilding could work on a larger scale across the country.

The documentary will be shown on a nationwide screening tour including Oban, Peebles, Dundee and Inverness, following an Edinburgh premiere.

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