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December 15, 2016
SER recently released its International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration at the Convention on Biological Diversity's 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico. The document is freely available for download.
Photo: Smithsonian Institution
Wetland scientist Robin Lewis has immersed himself in mangroves. Years of research and many successful projects reveals that imitating natural conditions provides possibly the best outcomes for mangrove restoration (via Smithsonian Ocean Portal).
NASA _ Google Earth satellite image showing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon_ S_o Miguel do Guapor_ _ State of Rond_nia.
Photo: Global Forest Watch
Between now and 2030, Brazil plans to rehabilitate 12 million ha of forest land that is degraded or deforested. The area will be restored and developed through the country's Low-Carbon Agriculture Plan for crops, managed forests and pastures (via Mongabay).
St Lawrence River
Photo: Melissa Denison
The International Joint Commission announced approval of an updated plan following its concurrence by the Governments of Canada and the United States. The Plan 2014 addresses water management in the St. Lawrence River Basin (via American Rivers).
Photo: Vitishko
Researchers know that better habitat attracts more pollinators. Yet simply planting more flowers may not solve the problem of pollinator declines. Many ecologists agree that restoring plant diversity to depleted landscapes is key to bolstering bee populations (via Ensia).
To fulfill recent restoration agreements in Latin America, the practice of ecological restoration has to be defined based on ecological knowledge, but also on the specific social, economic, and legal aspects of each country in the region.
SER member Matthew Bowker is doing fascinating work restoring biological soil crust. So far, his team has been able to speed up biocrust growth significantly compared to the years, decades and even centuries it takes crusts to grow back in natural settings (via Arizona Daily Sun).
New global forest restoration initiatives present an unparalleled opportunity to reverse the trend of deforestation and forest degradation in the coming years. How can we build success from the ground up? (via CIFOR)
Where do forests and forestry stand today in international climate change negotiations? What exactly does it mean to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)? The articles in this issue of Unasylva address these and other questions (via FAO).
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is a member-based organization whose mission is to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. When you become a member of SER you join a network of like-minded professionals working towards a unified goal of restoring our earth.
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