Vossen in het bos bij de Radboud Universiteit
Vossen in het bos bij de Radboud Universiteit


The Dutch Wildlife Comeback: Dynamic Co-management of Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Netherlands
2023 until 2030
Project member(s)
Prof. M.N.C. Aarts (Noelle) Dr J.G. van den Born (Riyan) , Dr M.A.M. Drenthen (Martin) , Koen Beumer (Utrecht University) , Joris Cromsigt (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) , dr. Sabrina Dressel (Wageningen University and Research) , dr. Ine Dorresteijn (Utrecht University) , Bas Michielsen (Fontys Hogeschool) , Simona Orzan (Fontys Hogeschool) , Karin Rebel (Utrecht University) , Britta Ricker (Utrecht University) , Hens Runhaar (Utrecht University & Wageningen University and Research) , Gerard Schouten (Fontys Hogeschool) , Wouter Sluis-Thiescheffer (HAN) , Remco Veltkamp (Utrecht University) , Joost Vervoort (Utrecht University) , Martin Wassen (Utrecht University)
Project type

WildlifeNL is a research project dedicated to the search for new forms of wildlife management. Wildlife such as wild boar, wisent, wolf, and several ungulate species and semi-domesticated large grazers are returning to the Netherlands on a large scale. This return leads to tensions between people and wildlife and calls for new forms of wildlife management. In a country as densely populated as the Netherlands, humans and wildlife constantly interact, knowingly, or more often, unknowingly. These behavioural interactions are a form of interspecies communication that current wildlife management often ignores by focusing on managing wildlife numbers.

WildlifeNL considers humans as integral parts of the natural system, acknowledging the role of interspecies communication processes between wildlife and humans as sympatric organisms. From this perspective, the project proposes to develop an innovative interspecies communication approach to wildlife management in the Netherlands, by combining the latest insights from environmental social science, philosophy, behavioural ecology, and engineering.

In WildlifeNL, scientists of diverse disciplines and practitioners, together with societal stakeholders, will develop new technologies, governance arrangements and communication strategies that influence the behaviour of wildlife ánd people to enable low-conflict human-wildlife coexistence. Moreover, together with all stakeholders, the project will explore various scenarios for how sustainable human-wildlife coexistence may look like, for example by playing a serious game. In this way WildlifeNL contributes to the search for a nature-inclusive society in which humans and wildlife can flourish.

For more information, please visit the website of WildlifeNL.



Utrecht University, Radboud University, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen University and Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, BIJ12, PWN, ARK Natuurontwikkeling, Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten, Royal Dutch Hunters’ Association (KNJV), The Netherlands Agricultural and Horticultural Association (LTO), Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland, Smart Parks, Crossbill Guides Foundation, and Fantazm.

Contact information

For more information, please contact one of the project leaders: Ine Dorresteijn (Utrecht University), Joris Cromsigt (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Gerard Schouten (Fontys Hogeschool) or Martin Drenthen (Radboud University).