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Interactive Platform for Restoration Resources Launched

Tuesday, February 27, 2018  
Posted by: Rebecca Shoer
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Washington DC
February 27, 2018

 

Interactive Platform for Restoration Resources Launched

In response to growing international demand for an ecological restoration database, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) launched the Restoration Resource Center this week. In development for more than a year, the RRC is an online platform for exchanging knowledge and experience through ecological restoration projects, publications, and other resources from around the world. A searchable, crowd-sourced database, it already includes over 215 projects and 2,000 resources ranging from peer-reviewed articles to technical manuals and webinars. The RRC is a unique collection of ecological information. The entire database is publicly accessible, serving as a clearinghouse for restoration practitioners and consultants, as well as researchers, educators, and students.

“Ecological restoration is a dynamic field, and there is a real need for a forum where practitioners can share their successes and failures,” said Alan Unwin, Chair of SER. “The RRC builds on some of the Society’s other work to facilitate knowledge sharing and connect the many people working to restore ecosystems.”

The RRC provides in-depth information about restoration projects, including details about planning and design, stakeholder engagement, and long-term management. It captures “lessons-learned” that are often left out of technical reports, but that provide critical insight into why projects succeed for fail.

“As a consulting business, we are always looking for ways to enhance the restoration practice and deliver better outcomes for our clients. Having a place where we can go to read about the experiences of other projects will be a benefit for the entire profession,” said George Athanasakes, Ecosystem Restoration Program Leader of Stantec.  "We look forward to adding some of our own projects to the database so we can share what we are doing with others."

The ultimate goal of the RRC is to serve as a “living” database, constantly updated with new projects, white papers, and restoration guides. It provides a unique platform for professionals across a wide range of disciplines and regions, including decision-makers involved in global policy initiatives.

"A project database is especially valuable for synthesizing lessons learned to advance global restoration initiatives,” says Dr. Cara Nelson of the IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management. “It's an incredible tool for telling the story of restoration to the many stakeholders we work with, from policymakers and funding agencies to NGO partners and member organizations."

Future plans for the RRC include creating an interactive projects map and a funding opportunity catalog.

The RRC can be accessed through the SER website, or directly at: https://ser-rrc.org. Practitioners and researchers are encouraged to submit their projects at: https://www.ser-rrc.org/submit-a-project/.


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