Professional Course

Urban Rewilding: Restore Your Local Ecosystem

edX, Online
3 weeks
3 weeks
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Course description

Urban Rewilding: Restore Your Local Ecosystem

By 2050, over two-thirds of the world’s population of 10 billion people will be living in cities. This logically leads to increasing competition for natural resources between people and nature. People and businesses struggle to meet their need for space. At the same time, the loss of nature within urban areas leads to a whole host of problems, from heat islands and flooding to air pollution and rising ghg emmisions. This relationship is extremely close, yet, people still tend analyse these issues separately.

Not only does biodiverse and connected greenery and water bodies play a vital role in increasing a city’s climate resilience. Nature is conditional for creating a healthy living environment for its inhabitants. Because when people reconnect to nature, more than a frivolous enjoyment, their physical and mental health improve.

What is urban rewilding

Rewilding is a form of restoration ecology, but not all restoration ecology is rewilding. Though ecology-led, rewilding takes on a multidisciplinary systems level approach to ecosystem structure, function and processes. By prioritizing nature protection and restoration, it creates conditions for complex and self-regulating ecosystems. As such, urban rewilding aims to alleviate disturbances in nature in developed urban areas.

Who should attend?


There are no prerequisites, everyone is welcome to join!

Training content

Module 1. Rewilding and Cities

This module will set the scene of the course! In this module you will learn what is rewilding is at its traditional sense. You will also learn what challenges our cities face. We introduce the key concepts and start planning your own project of rewilding.

Module 2. Urban Rewilding

This module introduces the key term of the course: urban rewilding. In this module you will learn how rewilding can be applied in cities, how it looks and why it is unique. You will also continue designing your own project and share your discoveries with others.

Module 3. Practice of Urban Rewilding

This module dives into the practical side of rewilding and brings together what you have learned in this course. In this module you will learn about real-life examples of urban rewilding and practical tips on rewilding yourself. You will finalize your own project and share it to the world! You will finalize your own project and share it with your peers and the world. You will look at other examples to explore even more possiblities to apply rewilding in your personal life!

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Wageningen University & Research, a partner institute of EdX.

3-5 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$139
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Key concepts and different definitions of rewilding
  • Explain environmental challenges that modern day urban areas are faced with
  • Explain how nature has a positive effect on the health of humans
  • Integrate the concept of rewilding in an urban context
  • Compare urban rewilding with Nature Based Solutions
  • Identify challenges for urban rewilding
  • Acquire inspiration on how rewilding can be applied on different settings: big nature reserves; cities; and personal setting.
  • How to plan your own project
  • Reflect on the concept of rewilding in your own environment

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