"The idea of rewilding is ten to twelve years old. It is about a paradigm shift thinking to restore nature on a large scale," says Frans Schepers in a video interview with GDI. By removing dams and dikes, for example, wetland biotopes such as floodplains could be restored. The establishment of key species would also play a major role, says Schepers.
But most of the work would be done by nature itself. As a rule, human intervention is only necessary at the beginning to create the right conditions, he said. "We help nature to restore itself," he says.