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

Why Degraded Reefs could be the Future of Ocean Conservation

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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

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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

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