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SER and Partners Release Natural Regeneration Policy Brief

Wednesday, December 20, 2017  
Posted by: Rebecca Shoer
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Washington, DC
December 20, 2017


On December 14, 2017, SER joined with several partners to release a policy brief about strategies to implement natural regeneration as a tool for restoration. The brief was introduced at a side event at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) technical meeting in Montreal, Quebec. Natural regeneration is a "cost effective, nature-based tool for restoration that enhances resilience, supports local biodiversity, and supplies multiple ecosystem goods and services."


Our partners in developing this brief include: CBD, Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) (a project of CBD), People and Reforestation in the Tropics, a Network for Education, Research, and Synthesis (PARTNERS), and the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO). The brief outlines the process of natural regeneration, as well as strategies to implement natural regeneration in the field, including which conditions are most important/conducive for natural regeneration to succeed. Natural regeneration typically requires fewer inputs and funding than more intensive restoration activities.


A recent study by Crouzeilles et al., demonstrated that natural regeneration can be more effective than active restoration efforts in tropical forests. The new policy brief recommends the development of  management policies to support natural regeneration, where appropriate, as an important component of broader restoration efforts. "Economic incentives and strong support from both public and private sectors is critical to ensure that the combined environmental and economic value of natural regeneration surpasses the value of alternative land uses."


We were pleased to play a lead role in developing this policy brief about the important role of natural regeneration in ecological restoration. Many thanks to Robin Chazdon (PARTNERS) and Blaise Bodin (CBD) for their time and effort to bring this project to fruition.



Media Contact: 
Rebecca Shoer
Communications and Operations Associate
Society for Ecological Restoration
202.299.9518 /