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The Society for Ecological Restoration Appoints George Gann as its International Policy Lead

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  
Posted by: Rebecca Shoer
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DELRAY BEACH, Florida—The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) has appointed George Gann, Acting Director and Chief Conservation Strategist for the Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC), a nonprofit in Delray Beach, as its International Policy Lead. With IRC’s collaboration, Mr. Gann will lead SER’s international policy program to advance the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration. Restoration is increasingly recognized as an imperative tool for not only conserving natural areas, but also for reversing degradation and improving ecological conditions, especially in the context of climate change.  

Mr. Gann has worked with SER in numerous roles since its founding in 1988. He has served multiple tenures on the board of directors, including as the Chair of the Board, led various committees, and supported conferences and policy work. Mr. Gann recently led SER’s Science & Policy committee, and is on the strategic planning team to guide SER’s Science and Policy initiatives from 2020-2030. In 2016 he spearheaded the publication of the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, the first-ever global standards for restoration practice. He is also the lead coordinator for the second edition of these Standards, which is due to be released in the second quarter of 2019.

As International Policy Lead, Mr. Gann is responsible for:


* Leading SER’s international policy program, including the development of long-term institutional capacity and financial support.

* Working with the Science & Policy Committee and SER staff to identify opportunities, needs and priorities for new policy and operational initiatives.

* Developing and leading a formal engagement strategy with key international bodies working to expand investment in restoration and to improve effectiveness on the ground (e.g., United Nations, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Global Environmental Facility). 

* Representing SER at international meetings.

* Working with SER staff, Science & Policy Committee, and Board members to develop a global restoration ambassador program, intended to increase capacity for international engagement worldwide. 

About the Society for Ecological Restoration

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) advances the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. With nearly 3,000 members in over 70 countries, the flagship peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology, and the interactive Restoration Resource Center, SER connects, guides, and supports the global restoration community. For more information, visit

About The Institute for Regional Conservation

A private non-profit organization, The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and long-term management of biodiversity on a regional basis, and to the prevention of regional extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems. Based in Florida, USA, IRC works on conservation research and action throughout South Florida, the Caribbean and beyond. Their work is premised on an innovative idea of conservation that seeks to protect and restore viable populations of all plant and animal species within a region, rather than simply focusing on charismatic animals or plants with narrow global ranges. For more information visit





Tina L. Pugliese, APR (IRC)

(561) 889-3575;


Rebecca Shoer (SER)

(202) 299-9518;