Costa Rica: Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change

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LA VIRGEN, Costa Rica — Over just a few decades in the mid-20th century, this small country chopped down a majority of its ancient forests. But after a huge conservation push and a wave of forest regrowth, trees now blanket more than half of Costa Rica. Far to the south, the Amazon forest was once being quickly cleared to make way for farming, but Brazil has slowed the loss so much that ... read more

Saving the Colorado River Delta, One Habitat at a Time

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San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico—Hector Patiño leaned against his shovel, taking a break from weeding. The sun beat down on his straw hat. His three friendly dogs flopped down in the shade. Behind Patiño, 45, cottonwood and willow trees formed a dense thicket, interspersed with honey mesquite seedlings and a thick understory of shrubs. Bees swarmed. A crissal thrasher s... read more

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

India: Unarmed soldiers in Kumaon fight environment degradation

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Almora: The office of Lieutenant Colonel Rohit Mishra, commanding officer of Nanda Devi Company of 130 Ecological Battalion (Territorial Army), Kumaon, is nicely made up of bamboo and woods. Located a few metres from the Sial river, it looks more like a beach cafe than an army office. The river bank is surrounded by a green carpet of trees and saplings of cauliflower, spinach, spices and medici... 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

2015 SER Awards - Call for Nominations Now Open

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The Awards Committee of the Society for Ecological Restoration is now soliciting nominations for the 2015 SER Awards, which will be presented at our 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration (SER2015) to be held in Manchester, England from August 23-27, 2015.   SER is seeking nominations for four awards: the Theodore M. Sperry Award, the Full Circle Award, the Communications Award, an... read more