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

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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

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

Upcoming Webinar: Biocrusts in Dryland Restoration

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Anita Antoninka, Kristina E. Young, and Henry S. Grover of the Forest-Rangeland Soil Ecology Lab of Northern Arizona University are working towards incorporating biological soil crusts into the restoration picture. In this webinar, they will share their progress and plans for restoring biocrusts using the following approach: 1) Develop optimal culturing techniques; 2) Maximize field survivorshi... read more

Webinar: Dune Conservation along Lake Michigan: Lessons from Geomorphology, Ecology, and the European Experience

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Dr. Ed Hansen and Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman present on dune ecology and management in this webinar, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration and SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter. Dr. Hansen is a professor of Geology at Hope College where his work has focused on dune history and how physical processes affect the dune formation, growth and migration. Recently he has begun collaboration wit... 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