A bird’s-eye view of forest restoration

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26th October 2015 Costa Rica - Rakan Zahawi had a problem. Zahawi, a scientist with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, had teamed up with a group from the University of Maryland and the University of California-Santa Cruz to test a new technique to monitor the recovery of tropical forests. They were planning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones, over a hand... read more

Rwanda Restores Ecosystems, Generating Record Tourism and New Opportunities

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October 20, 2015 - Rwanda has undergone a remarkable economic and social reconstruction in recent years and recorded consistent growth rates of 8 per cent a year between 2001 and 2012, according to the BBC's Country Profile....click here to read the full story from CPAfrica. read more

SER Names Bethanie Walder New Executive Director

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Washington, DC (September 14 2015)-The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) today announced Bethanie Walder will become the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Walder brings more than 20 years’ experience in conservation, restoration and organizational development. Prior to joining SER, Walder served as the Executive Director of Wildlands CPR, where she oversaw sever... read more

SER2015 World Conference - Full Program Now Available

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The full Conference Programme for SER2015 is now available online. Visit http://ser2015.org/outline-programme to download. --- Conference Highlights SER2015 provides the premier opportunity to develop collaborations and share research findings, best practices, and new ideas with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and industry professionals working in the field of ecological r... read more

India: Smarter city needs better ecosystem

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PUNE: Urban planners and researchers have raised the pitch for an ecosystem restoration policy to compliment the Centre's ambitious Smart City Mission.  Several studies have shown that devastating floods, waterlogging, caving in of hillocks, depleting water-table and vanishing green cover have become common traits of cities that are facing the challenge of massive stress on urban ecology.... read more

SER2015 Registration Now Open

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Registration is now open for SER2015 World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Please visit http://ser2015.org/registration for more information. Presenters: Due to an unexpected delay in bringing the registration system online, the presenter registration deadline has been extended to June 30th. Be sure to explore ser2015.org for more information on the conference, including ... read more

Saudi Arabia: Aspirin aids Middle East plant restoration project

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KINGS Park scientists have found a key ingredient in aspirin and anti-pimple products, salicylic acid, is a cost-effective plant growth and survival improver during a world-first desert restoration trial in Saudi Arabia. For more than two years, Kings Park horticulturists and restoration scientists have been leading the systematic approach enabling plant restoration in the Thumama Nature Park ... read more

Restoration of logged humid tropical forests: An experimental programme at Harapan Rainforest, Indonesia

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Restoration of degraded tropical forests can enhance ecosystem service provisioning, improve habitat quality for tropical forest biota and generate income from timber and NTFPs. In Indonesia alone, an estimated 25 million ha of former logging concessions are without current management, representing a huge opportunity for biodiversity conservation. However, currently such forests are t... read more

Canada: Oilsands companies might be better off not restoring wetlands, U of A ecologist says

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EDMONTON- The effort to restore wetlands in the oilsands is so weak it might be better abandoned, an ecologist told a water forum Friday at the University of Alberta. Companies are now trying to construct new wetlands on their mine leases, but these have fewer native plants, different chemistry and may in fact pose dangers to wildlife, said Kevin Timoney. Even if the companies are successful,... read more

Illinois: Bringing bison back: Rewilding America’s heartland

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FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — For the first time in almost two centuries, wild bison are roaming east of the Mississippi River. Well, sort of. Even though the beasts have returned to northern Illinois, residents of Chicago should not expect to see them passing through the suburbs anytime soon. The bison were relocated to the Nachusa Grasslands, a conservation program dedicated to restoring... read more