Call for Nominations for the SER Board of Directors

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The Society for Ecological Restoration is now accepting nominations for its upcoming Board of Directors election.  Elections will be held January 16 to February 1, 2015.  All nominations must be received by 5:00 PM EST on January 4, 2015. Open Positions The SER Board of Directors consists of four Executive Officers, six At-Large Representatives, eleven Regional Representatives, and ... read more

SER2015 Call for Proposals Extended until January 9, 2015

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The deadline to submit proposals for symposia, workshops, and pre-conference training courses at SER's 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration has been extended until Friday, January 9, 2015.  We are extending the deadline in response to feedback from a number of prospective symposium organizers who have had difficulty coordinating speakers due to December holidays. Please use this... read more

Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020

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A coalition of governments and organizations pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate change, and increase agricultural production. The effort is backed by $365 million from five impact investors. December 7, 2014 Click here to read more. read more

A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

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The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms. December 4, 2014 Click here to read more. read more

'New normal' approach to conservation comes under fire

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Over the past few years a new conservation approach known as the "novel ecosystems" concept has been slowly gathering steam in science, media, and policy-making circles. Based on pragmatism, it presents itself as a way forward in a world where irreversible ecosystem change is inevitable. It holds that rather than vainly trying to restore disturbed ecosystems back to their original states, we sh... read more

NEW SER Series Title - Project Planning & Management for Ecological Restoration

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By John Rieger, John Stanley, and Ray Traynor Concern over climate change and the ongoing challenges of managing degraded ecosystems have made the field of ecological restoration a growing focus in the agendas of national and international conservation organizations, including the United Nations. The problems facing us are both complex and urgent, and effective solutions are needed. Pro... read more

Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation

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This Field Manual for Practitioners engages communities to consider social, economic and ecological factors before undertaken mangrove restoration, and relies on monitoring to inform corrective actions over time. Click here for more information. read more

Novel ecosystems: concept or inconvenient reality? A response to Murcia et al.

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Murcia et al. contend that the concept of a ‘novel ecosystem’ is poorly developed, has no evidence base, and has little management application and potential negative policy impacts. However, it is more accurate to observe that conceptual development is ongoing (as would be expected in a relatively new area of endeavor), empirical evidence is mounting, many managers find the ideas us... read more

A critique of the ‘novel ecosystem’ concept

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The ‘novel ecosystem’ concept has captured the attention of scientists, managers, and science journalists, and more recently of policymakers, before it has been subjected to the scrutiny and empirical validation inherent to science. Lack of rigorous scrutiny can lead to undesirable outcomes in ecosystem management, environmental law, and policy. Click here for more information. read more

The State of the World's Genetic Resources

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This first volume of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources constitutes a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources at the national, regional and international levels. Click here for more information. read more