Stanmore has been selected as a potential area of rewilding by a taskforce set up by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
The Mayor’s London Rewilding Taskforce which consists of 14 experts representing the public, private and third sectors, as well as young Londoners and the environmental news media, has been set up to help recovery of nature across the capital.
Rewilding as a concept is about allowing natural processes to operate as best as possible to restore natural ecosystems and assist in nature’s recovery. In doing so, rewilding can provide richer and better functioning habitats for wildlife and associated benefits for people.
Stanmore was allocated as one of the 11 potential ‘rewilding opportunity zones’ in an announcement made on World Rewilding Day on March 20.
Part of the rewilding could include species reintroduction, protecting and restoring habitats and improving water quality.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “We are now facing dual climate and ecological emergencies worldwide, which further threaten our ability to survive on our planet. Despite the harm inflicted on the natural world, we have the power to make amends, and I am committed to ensuring that London is at the vanguard of efforts to reverse the trends of declining biodiversity and the destruction of nature.
“Rewilding allows nature to take the lead and is an exciting way to create healthier ecosystems and allow humans and wildlife to live together more harmoniously. I’m proud that London is leading the way once again and excited to see what can be achieved with this further £1m of funding. We’re cleaning up our city, re-establishing lost species and reconnecting people and nature as we build a greener, fairer city for all Londoners.”
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