Dialogues on Environmental Restoration

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Special Section in the Next Three Issues of Restoration Ecology (issues 24:5, 24:6 and 25:1) Prof. Ted Lefroy Centre for Environment University of Tasmania      +61 408 180 567 [email protected] Prof. Benjamin J. Richardson Faculty of Law; and IMAS University of Tasmania +61 0475 399 448 B.J. [email protected] Partnership has become the leitmotif of 21st century natu... read more

New! SER Island Press Book Series Title: Restoring Neighborhood Streams

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By Ann L. Riley With urban development on the rise, city design with an environmental component is sorely needed, and award-winning hydrologist Ann L. Riley knows how. This book presents the author’s thirty years of practical experience managing long-term stream and river restoration projects in heavily degraded urban environments. Riley provides a level of detail only a hands-on design ... read more

Environmental Prospect: an argument for a new environmental paradigm

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One of SER’s founders, Bill Jordan, has recently published a new website/blog called Environmental Prospect: http://environmentalprospect.org/ The website aims to challenge widely held ideas about the relationship between humans and nature on a fundamental level, and provides alternatives to environmental thinking and conservation practice. Bill coined the term “restoratio... read more

Video: Building Sustainable Landscapes through Gender-Responsive Restoration in Brazil

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A pilot initiative led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explores the fundamental role of women in building sustainable landscapes. IUCN and key partners address the need for gender equality and women empowerment principles to be embedded in Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Brazil. Building Sustainable Landscapes through Gender-Responsive Restoration in Brazil&r... read more

Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

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To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon - the largest oil spill in U.S. history - a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ecological restoration activities. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council, the... read more

SER and Restoration In Asia

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Many thanks to Nigel Tucker, Principal Environmental Scientist with Biotropica, who represented SER at the June 27th CBD capacity building workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. Around 50 participants from 26 nations attended this workshop to review country progress towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets - specifically Targets 5 and 15, as detailed below:   Target 5: “By 2020... read more

Why Degraded Reefs could be the Future of Ocean Conservation

Posted by Rebecca Heisman

When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an international group of scientists and conservationists is challenging traditional ideas about what’s worth saving when it comes to coral reefs. I... read more

Donor-Soil Microbes can speed up restoration of degraded farmland

Posted by Tracy Vence

Donor-soil microbes drive—and can speed up—the restoration of degraded farmland, scientists at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen have shown. The results of a six-year field test, published today (July 11) in Nature Plants, show the greatest ecosystem repair in formerly arable fields in which the team removed a thick layer of existing topsoil before applying a thin l... read more

Rating Restoration: New 5-Star Rating System to Serve as a Global Model

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World’s First National Standards for Ecological Restoration Published in Restoration Ecology Washington, DC. (July 18, 2016) – The world’s first national standards for ecological restoration were published in the journal Restoration Ecology last week. The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Australasia Chapter led a three-year collaborative process in partnership with m... read more

Restoration Techniques Need to be Improved to Conserve Wildlife

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The relative influence of in situ and neighbourhood factors on reptile recolonization in post-mining restoration sites Maggie D. Triska*, Michael D. Craig, Vicki L. Stokes, Roger P. Pech and Richard J. Hobbs [email protected] Restoration is necessary to lessen the destruction caused by mining and other disturbances, but more effort is required to improve restoration quality over time for ... read more