Australia’s Prime Minister Launches the Second Edition of the National Restoration Standards
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Posted by: Rebecca Shoer
Photo: Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews (SERAustralasia)
“Protecting Australia’s natural environment for future generations"
Canberra, ACT, Australia
November 30, 2017
Minister Anne Ruston, representing the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Malcolm Turnbull, launched the 2nd Edition of the National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration produced by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia.
Attendees from across Australia representing First Australians, government, community and non-government organisations attended the announcement. Minister Ruston outlined the importance of the restoration standards for Australia, and why now is the time for all Australians to be part of restoring the health of ecosystems and biodiversity.
“The health of all Australian’s depends upon clean water, clean air and good soils," said the Minister. “With 51% of Australia disturbed or degraded by humans, now is the time for all of us to be part of the restoration economy and rebuild landscapes using the best possible principles and standards."
“Never before in the history of this great continent has the restoration of our degraded lands been so urgent and the need so great as it is now," she added. “These Standards represent the instrument to guide Australia on a new journey, where key investment by government, the private sector and communities across the nation have the tools at hand to attain the highest standards in restoring bushland."
A key part of the standards is the 'Recovery Wheel,' a simple tool that uses a five-star project rating system. This tool creates a potent visualisation of just how well a restoration project is progressing towards completion, whether it be restoration of the Great Barrier Reef or mining restoration in the heart of Western Australia.
Professor Kingsley Dixon, Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, also announced that the Society has launched the Recovery Wheel as a phone app available for Android and iPhone devices. The app will enable the community and industry to simply and effectively evaluate just how well they are progressing in achieving restoration outcomes.
For further information contact:
Professor Kingsley Dixon
Chair, Society for Ecological Restoration and Curtin Professor.
The Society for Ecological Restoration is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.