New research points to assisted natural regeneration as an "economically expedient restoration strategy" in many cases. That doesn't mean restoring ecosystems isn't important, the lead author says, but "we should be a little bit more specific about what restoration we do and the places we choose to restore." (via Chicago Tribune).
Read SER's policy brief on natural regenerationhere.
A women-led civil society group in Nigeria is empowering women and the whole community to protect Nigeria's extremely productive but disappearing mangrove forests, which provide abundant services to the marine environment and people. (via BirdLife International)
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When bogs burn, the environment takes a hit In the short term, peat fires clog the air with deadly smoke and smog. In densely populated areas such as Indonesia, blazes can devour homes and businesses and claim lives. But the fires' impact lingers long after the flames die down. Peat fires reshape entire ecosystems. (via ScienceNews)
With just 13% of its surface covered in woodlands, the UK is the least leafy country in the EU. In England, tree cover is less than 8%. Now, the government plans to reverse centuries of industrialist and agricultural exploitation. (via ZME Science)
"If you compare the time periods, it is apparent that taking a long-term view is paramount to uncovering the complexity of biodiversity in human-modified landscapes," said senior researcher Dr. Christoph Meyer. (via PhysOrg)
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Presented by Reijo Hokkanen of Parks & Wildlife Finland. Over 50% of original peatland in Finland has been drained for forestry - Reijo discussed the implementation and monitoring of peatland restoration efforts. Watch now, and watch any of our other recorded webinars in our webinar library!
RRC Spotlight: Restoration Evidence Restoration Evidence is a searchable website that aims to make ecological restoration more effective by providing evidence on which restoration actions work, and which don't. It contains summaries of scientific research in order to support decision making.
Estuary ecosystem restoration: implementing and institutionalizing adaptive management (Ebberts et al). A common goal, open dialogue, and long-term commitment are key to institutionalizing an adaptive management process for ecosystem restoration that is effective and long-lasting.
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