A Guide for Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Coastal Restoration Projects

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This guidebook provides a framework for incorporating ecosystem service valuations at the beginning, rather than at the end, of coastal habitat restoration and creation projects. Applying ecosystem service valuation to coastal restoration projects has multiple advantages, including greater stakeholder support and greater likelihood of project success. Measuring the value of the ecosystem servic... read more

Researchers release 'ultimate guide' to coastal habitat rejuvenation

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Researchers have distilled 40 years of coastal marine restoration studies into a set of powerful guidelines for anyone hoping to rejuvenate coastal habitats. University of Queensland Global Change Institute postdoctoral research fellow Dr Elisa Bayraktarov said the new review was backed by 40 years of research, and could help stakeholders and decision-makers improve their conservation planning... read more

Great Barrier Reef water quality improved by wetlands restoration, scientist says

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13 June, 2016 Queensland, Australia - Restoring Queensland's tens of thousands of coastal wetlands, known as nature's kidneys, could be crucial to the Great Barrier Reef's future, a James Cook University scientist believes. Freshwater ecology expert Dr Nathan Waltham is urging state and federal governments to look to the 13,000 coastal wetlands in Great Barrier Reef catchments to help im... read more

Use environmental impact 'bank' to fund coast restoration, congressman says

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27 May 2016 Louisiana, USA - Why not allow industries, governmental agencies and individuals to pay money into an "environmental impact bank" to offset the effects of construction projects on wetlands, wildlife, and even the effects of oil spills, with the bank using the money to fund major federal and state restoration projects? That's the idea U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-B.R., has succee... read more

Restoration: What Does Success Look Like?

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A new approach to how we evaluate ecological restoration projects has been proposed by researchers from Cardiff and Umeå Universities. The escalating extinction crisis shows that nature cannot support the pressure that humanity is placing on the planet, but can we ever restore damaged habitats and how do we know if we have succeeded? This is the question explored in a paper published in... read more

Different? Yes, But Still Degraded

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Authors: James Aronson1,2, Gustavo Kattan 3, Carolina Murcia 4,5, Kingsley Dixon 6,  Andre Clewell 7  David Moreno-Mateos 8,9 & Dan Simberloff 10 The precise use of terms is an important part of the maturation of a scientific discipline and of any large-scale, expensive, and time-consuming activity that requires careful monitoring and evaluation to improve its effectiveness. Thi... read more

Webinar: How to Create and Sustain a State-based Ecological Restoration Division: The Massachusetts Model

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of few states in the U.S. to operate a government division dedicated solely to supporting pro-active ecological restoration. A restoration advocate might ask: How was this division created, what are the benefits of its existence, and what challenges and opportunities does it foresee for the future? Tim Purinton of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological... read more

Webinar: Developing Standards for Ecological Restoration: the how, what and why of an Australian initiative

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The Australasia Chapter of SER recently published the groundbreaking National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia. The editors and key individuals in the development of these standards, Kingsley Dixon, Tein McDonald, and Justin Jonson, discuss the process for developing these standards and offer guidance for restoration professionals who may want to establish ... read more

Quandaries of a Decade-Long Restoration Experiment Trying to Reduce Invasive Species: Beat Them, Join Them, Give Up or Start over?

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Susan Cordell, PhD  Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry USDA Forest Service Hilo, Hawaii  [email protected] The historical and continued degradation of Hawaiian and Pacific Island environment has opened the door to species invasions that have transformed entire ecosystems and altered historic disturbance regimes. Once transformed, these habitats are often at a point of no return... read more

Australian Farmland Restoration Scheme a Cost-Effective Win-Win for Biodiversity and Farmers

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Dean Ansell Australian National University [email protected] A unique voluntary agri-environment scheme in southeastern Australia is not only benefiting farmers, but is also yielding greater restoration outcomes at half the cost of the prevailing restoration approach. In their recent paper investigating the Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation Scheme (WoPR), Dean Ansell (Australian National ... read more