World Rewilding Day 2024: The benefits of being nature positive

March 20th marks World Rewilding Day, an annual event that raises awareness of a growing global movement to let nature run wild. We face a biodiversity crisis and only by providing a rich array of natural habitats can humanity help balance the needs of people and planet. At Wylde Connections we work with businesses of all sizes in putting the preservation and regeneration of nature at the heart of their sustainability strategy. Read our eBook on the Business of Biodiversity and learn more about the benefits of taking a walk on the Wylde side.
World Rewilding Day 2024

Rewilding is about providing nature with the space and environment it needs to take care of itself.  It enables species to thrive by restoring natural habitats and degraded landscapes. Anyone can play a part, be it major landowners rewilding sections of their estates, or businesses using outdoor space to plant a wildflower meadow.

World Rewilding Day was first celebrated in 2021 to coincide with the start of the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration as a way of bringing together rewilders around the world and inspiring others to take action. This year’s theme is #HopeIntoAction, raising awareness about how making space for nature will help humanity address some of its greatest challenges. 

Boosting biodiversity will help tackle global warming and build resilience in the face of severe weather events. It also provides us with the natural capital and ecosystems services we need to survive and supports communities dependent on nature’s rich bounty.

On your doorstep

We live in one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world, with less than half of our biodiversity remaining. According to the 2023 State of Nature report one in six species in the UK are at risk of being lost. 

Rewilders are busy driving projects that address biodiversity loss by allowing nature to take charge of its own recovery. Be it large scale tree planting projects or reintroducing lost species, projects across the UK are demonstrating just what can achieved by taking a nature positive approach.

 Rewilding Britain has set a goal to restore and connect species rich habitats across at least 30% of Britain’s land and sea by 2030. Its Rewilding Network has already rewilded 506 square kilometres of seabed and 155,248 hectares of land – an area larger than the North York Moors National Park. Yet there is still a great deal of work to be done and World Rewilding Day offers the ideal platform to get more people on board.

Business engagement

Business is dependent on natural capital, be it air, water or raw materials. Many businesses are already having to report on the impact they have on nature, and some are voluntarily choosing to assess their biodiversity footprint. In addition, the recent introduction of Biodiversity Net Gain regulations requires all new building projects to achieve a 10% net gain in biodiversity or habitat

The tide is turning, and Wylde’s consultants work with organisations to treat nature as a key stakeholder as they develop their sustainability strategies, and our Business of Biodiversity eBook highlights the importance of protecting wild spaces to future proofing operations. We are also developing a course on becoming nature positive as part of our comprehensive learning offer.

There are many ways businesses can account for nature within their growth strategy and take steps to support rewilding.

Top tips include:

  • Make a donation to Rewilding Britain – www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/donate
  • Organise volunteer days, be it tree planting or cleaning up a local riverbank or beach.
  • Create space for nature by building a pond, planting wildflowers or letting a lawn run wild. 
  • Incorporate biodiversity into a comprehensive sustainability strategy, measure impacts, set targets and report on your progress.
  • Consider sponsoring a species or habitat or support a Local Biodiversity Partnership. 
  • Measure emissions and develop a reduction plan to protect nature.
  • Support the circular economy by minimising waste and keeping resources in the value chain.

Book a Discovery Call today to talk to us today about how we can help embed sustainable practice within your organisation.

To learn more about rewilding visit: www.rewildingbritain.org.uk