Rewilding: The science and politics of environmental remediation (RT 6)

This research task aims to understand how post-mining processes can and should work and on the notion of rewilding.

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Rewilding: The science and politics of environmental remediation (RT 6)

This research task will leverage ongoing research on the social and ecological dimensions of environmental restoration to better understand how post-mining processes can and should work. Three main questions will be addressed. First, how can we reconcile attempts to return the environment to a “natural” or “original” state after mining with the reality of long human habitation and future human use in mining areas? Second, how does the concept of “rewilding” – repopulating areas with flora and fauna taken to be representative of an area’s authentic environment – reveal the political and cultural function of biota as emblematic of particular human values? Thirdly, how can existing expectations for post-mining use – embodied in state legislation or in norms of corporate social responsibility, for instance – be altered to better meet social and environmental goals?

Large image: Wild animals are not always appreciated. Wolf (photographed in captivity): Photo: A. Nilsson

Small image: Spontaneous rewilding by bird colony at Pyramiden, Svalbard. Photo: A. Nilsson

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