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what is urban rewilding?

why rewild urban spaces?

risks, fears & misconceptions

How cities around the world are already doing it:

Urban rewilding is defined differently by different change makers (i.e., city planners, scientists, agencies) around the world. 

The CHANS research group, at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), is investigating new and innovative ways to define the subject: 

"Our working definition, for local rewilding in Vancouver, is motivated by the goal to 'maintain and restore functional interactions in urban spaces'."

- CHANS Lab, UBC PhD Student

of the global population will live in urban spaces by 2050 (IUCN)

& post-pandemic environmental,

social and economic lows have 

highlighted the need for change

Watch: David Attenborough's 'The Year the Earth Changed'




A: "We want to create meaningful change which means really looking into who are these trees for? What is their role?"

spending time in nature has both mental and physical health benefits


The Blueprint:

A: "We will be hosting a series of workshops with a diversity of local community members

and expert elicitors to inform

our research."

any investment in

environmental resilience is a longterm economic investment

boosting biodiversity, restoration of natural areas and ecological processes, carbon sequestration

Click the illustrations below to learn more about the benefits of urban rewilding

Click a newly rewilded place to explore:







New York



Liuzhou Forest City

Q: Does urban rewilding

just mean regreening?

Q: How will we ensure

that diverse voices are

heard on the subject?

Check out the CHANS lab webpage for

more information!

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involved in the future

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