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Encouraging restoration practice and policy in Latin America

Restoration practice and policy in Latin America countries may include some approaches that could support better socio-ecological outcomes and help fulfilling their international commitments. Latin America countries have committed to international agreements, regulatory frameworks and supportive instruments to guide restoration. Unfortunately they lack a common view to address the needs and expectations of different stakeholders, the capacity of institutions and organizations to operate restoration at large-scales, and the special particularities of the high socio-ecological heterogeneity typical of the region.

“Restoration approaches in Latin America must be based in socio-economic and legal dimensions to accomplish a win-win agenda that maximizes both the social and ecological benefits of restoration,” says Dr. Paula Meli of the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of São Paulo. “Some guiding principles can help optimize the investment of limited economic resources to inform practice and policy for restoration.”

 

Tasmanian kelp forests highlight tough lessons on ecological restoration

Part 3 of Restoration Ecology's special opinion section “Restoration Dialogues,” lead author Professor Craig Johnson notes as restoration efforts were increase worldwide important lessons can be learned from examples such as the destruction of Tasmanian kelp forests by sea urchins. “Too often the efforts of concerned communities around the world to reverse the damage that humans have caused end in expensive and disappointing failure,” Prof Johnson said.

 

Stemming the flow of coastal litter in the era of plastic

Every year, an estimated 6 to 12 million tons of plastic enters the oceans, a flow of marine debris that local, national and international governance has so far failed to stem. In the plastic era, some 700 marine species interact with plastic debris, from seabirds, turtles, marine mammals and fish, through to bivalves, lugworms, oysters and corals.

As part of the special section "Restoration Dialogues," Joanna Vince, an expert in ocean governance from the University of Tasmania’s School of Social Sciences and Britta Denise Hardesty, a principle research scientist with CSIRO specialising coastal litter and marine debris argue the transboundary problem requires a holistic solution that integrates scientific expertise, community participation, and market-based strategies.

 

 

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