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Symposium: Seeds for global restoration: Implementing the International Standards for native seeds
Ecological restoration initiatives are increasing in both number and scale globally. Native plant seed is the foundation of almost every ecological restoration project, and as the scale of restoration projects increases, so too the need for native seed is expected to grow. Restoration efforts regularly rely on the use of thousands of tons of native plant seed, requiring investments of hundreds of millions of US dollars. There is a global push to improve access to, and the supply of, high quality, biodiverse, and genetically appropriate seed to facilitate successful restoration outcomes. Ensuring a consistent supply of high quality native plant seed from appropriate sources represents one of the most significant constraints facing restoration practitioners. But how should native seeds be sourced? What are best practices for native seed collection and seed farming? How is seed quality assessed and maintained through storage? And finally, what are successful strategies, considerations and technology for optimising seed use in ecological restoration? The International Standards for Native Seeds are designed as a companion to the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration to provide industry, restoration practitioners, and regulators with a guide to science-driven best-practices in the planning, supply, and deployment of native plant seed for ecological restoration. The sessions of this symposium will provide a forum for presenting leading advances and creative innovations for increasing the supplies, successful use of native seed, and collaboration, drawing upon the global community of seed producers, restoration practitioners, institutions, and scientists.
The symposium consists of four 2-hour sessions and one 90-minute session. Each session is eligible for 1 CEC under SER's CERP progam (up to 5 CECs total). Objectives of the individual sessions are to aid attendees to expand their skills in the following areas:
- Session 1: Determining seed needs for ecological restoration projects, including species, seed sources, quantities and maintaining genetic diversity through seed collection, cleaning and seed increase.
- Session 2: Understanding recent new and innovative advances in seed technology (seed quality testing, dormancy release techniques, seed storage) for native species.
- Session 3: Understanding guidelines for site assessment and species selection, selection of active or passive restoration, and new advances in seed enhancement technology.
- Session 4: Selecting new and innovative restoration methods for improving biodiversity, ecosystem services, and increased resistance to invasive species.
- Session 5: Developing seed supplies and seeding strategies for Brazil's forests and savannas.
More information at www.ser2019.org.