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November 16, 2016
Photo: Dave Harp
The Smithsonian is leading a long-term, collaborative research program examining the effectiveness of stream restoration activities in the Chesapeake Bay area (via Bay Journal).
A soy field in Colombia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay
A new report finds restoring 20 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America and the Caribbean could bring in $23 billion and sequester 5 billion tons of CO2 (via Mongabay).
Photo: Winifred Bird/Yale e360
In Senegal and other developing countries, multinational companies are investing in programs to restore mangrove forests and other wetlands that sequester carbon. But critics say these initiatives should not focus on global climate goals at the expense of the local people's livelihoods (via Yale e360).
The SER2017 Organizing Committee is now inviting proposals for symposia, workshops, and training courses to be held at the 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration from August 27 to September 1, 2017 in Foz do IguaƧu, Brazil. 

Restoration in New Zealand leads to increased recolonization of endemic earthworms, persistence of exotic earthworms.
IUCN launched InfoFLR, an online portal with in-depth information on forest landscape restoration.
Paddy Woodworth reflects on a symposium last month entitled Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere. "World powers face major challenges honouring commitments to land restoration." (via Irish Times)
Planting tree islands has many of the benefits of larger plantations, but entails significantly less cost. Karen Holl, Leighton Reid, and Zak Zahawi describe recent findings on tree seedling recruitment in a long-term experiment in southern Costa Rica (via Missouri Botanical Garden).
The Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife has embarked on an ambitious project to eradicate introduced species like goats, cats and sheep in an effort to restore native wildlife to the island.



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