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SER Reports and Publications

SER produces many documents and reports, both independently and in partnership with other entities. Those reports and publications are listed below in order of publication and can also be found in the fully searchable resource database in the Restoration Resource Center.

Report on the 2nd Global Forum on Ecological Restoration
March 2020
Recognizing the increasing role of ecological restoration as a tool for addressing a wide variety of ecological and social challenges, SER and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group (ERTG) hosted their second biennial Global Forum on Ecological Restoration in in September 2019. Thirty-eight experts from sixteen countries came together to address "The Role of Ecological Restoration in Achieving Global Biodiversity Targets: Broadening the Post-2020 Framework," especially in view of the upcoming United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
A Companion to the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration
November 2019
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Short-Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration (STAPER) in 2013 as guidance for the voluntary development and implementation of national restoration strategies. This publication, a collaboration between the Convention on Biological Diversity, SER, and the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) offers an introduction and guide to STAPER through case studies and resources. 
Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reefs
September 2019

Editors: James Fitzsimons, Simon Branigan. Robert D. Brumbaugh, Tein McDonald, and Philine zu Ermgassen

This publication is intended to provide a foundational starting point for shellfish reef restoration. This publication was a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and SER. English, Mandarin, and Cantonese versions are available at the links below. 
 English      Mandarin     Cantonese
International Principles and Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, 2nd Edition
September 2019

This groundbreaking new publication provides updated and expanded guidance on the practice of ecological restoration, clarifies the breadth of ecological restoration and allied environmental repair activities, and includes ideas and input from a diverse international group of restoration scientists and practitioners.
Forum on Biodiversity and Global Forest Restoration - Summary Report and Plan of Action
February 2018

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management Thematic Group on Ecosystem Restoration (IUCN-CEM).
Partnering with Nature: The Case for Natural Regeneration in Forest and Landscape Restoration
December 2017

Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), People and Reforestation in the Tropics, a Network for Education, Research, and Synthesis (PARTNERS), Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO)
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International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, 1st edition (ARCHIVED)
December 2016

The first edition of the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration was released December 12, 2016 at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico. The first edition is now archived.  Please use the most recent version of the Standards.
National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia
March 2016
SER Australasia Standards Reference Group

This project proceeds from a pioneering effort by the SER Australasia Chapter to produce National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia, which were released in March 2016 after a long consultation process involving numerous stakeholders. The Australian Standards identify the principles and tenets underpinning restoration methods and philosophies and outline the steps required to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate successful restoration projects.
Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas: Principles, Guidelines and Best Practices
IUCN, Protected Planet, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Convention on Biological Diversity, Parks Canada Agency, Equilibrium Research, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), Wrangellia Consulting

This publication provides a framework to guide the efforts of protected area managers and partner organizations in restoring the natural, cultural and other important values in protected areas of all categories and all governance types. The most comprehensive source of guidance on restoration for protected areas produced to date, the document has as its foundation a clear set of principles which, rather than defining rigid processes, provide the tools and perspectives for a holistic, collaborative approach to restoration that engages stakeholders and achieves desired results.
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Investing in Our Ecological Infrastructure: The Economic Rationale for Restoring our Degraded Ecosystems

This short leaflet discusses the economic dimensions of ecological restoration and its importance in protecting and enhancing our so-called natural capital, the “ecological infrastructure” that sustains all life. Through a series of case studies, the leaflet illustrates both the far-reaching economic impact that effective restoration programs can have and the fundamental need to properly account for nature’s goods and services within all decision-making processes governing the world’s economic activities.
Ecological Restoration and Rare Species Management in Response to Climate Change
August 2009

This Policy Position Statement outlines the critical role of ecological restoration in safeguarding rare, endangered, and endemic species amid the uncertainties of climate change. It discusses the ways in which restoration can be used alongside other management strategies to improve species’ resilience by increasing habitat area, reconnecting fragmented landscapes, and improving both ecosystem function and structural complexity at the landscape scale.
Ecological Restoration as a Tool for Reversing Ecosystem Fragmentation
October 2008

This Policy Position Statement discusses the nature of ecosystem fragmentation and examines the role that ecological restoration can play in reversing fragmentation and re-establishing habitat, landscape, and ecosystem connectivity. It closes by providing a series of recommendations for land managers and policymakers charged with addressing connectivity issues.
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Opportunities for Integrating Ecological Restoration & Biological Conservation within the Ecosystem Approach
May 2008

This Briefing Note discusses the complementary roles of ecological restoration and biological conservation and explores the potential for their integration within a unified ecosystem approach. It describes the importance of restoration as a facet of conservation planning and includes case examples that illustrate this type of integrated approach.
Ecological Restoration – A Global Strategy for Mitigating Climate Change
August 2007

This position statement, issued in 2007, calls attention to the vital role played by terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in supporting humanity, and the need to protect and restore these systems in order to mitigate global climate change and its effects.
Ecological Restoration: A Means of Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihoods

This paper was produced through a joint working group of SER and the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management to outline a rationale for making ecological restoration a cornerstone of conservation and sustainable development programs throughout the world. While the conservation benefits of restoration are obvious, this paper sheds light on its inherent capacity to simultaneously improve human well-being in degraded landscapes by renewing economic opportunities, rejuvenating traditional cultural practices and refocusing the aspirations of local communities, among other benefits.
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Guidelines for Developing and Managing Ecological Restoration Projects
December 2005

This document provides a set of guidelines to lead restoration practitioners and project managers stepwise through the process of ecological restoration in accord with the principles outlined in the SER International Primer. The guidelines are applicable to the restoration of any ecosystem—terrestrial or aquatic—and can be used to guide projects under any auspices, including public works projects, environmental stewardship programs, mitigation projects, private land initiatives, and others.
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SER International Primer on Ecological Restoration

The SER Primer presents a concise overview of the key concepts and fundamental principles upon which ecological restoration is based. With a wide readership from around the globe, the Primer includes the most widely-cited definition of ecological restoration and defines nine attributes of a restored ecosystem as the basis for determining when restoration has been successful. The document is currently available in eleven languages.
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An Introduction to Restoration Genetics
November 2001

This Restoration Science and Policy Paper presents an overview of genetics and outlines some of the considerations that restoration designers and managers should be aware of as they plan and implement projects
SER Environmental Policies
September 1993

Originally published in the first volume of Restoration Ecology, these environmental policies were adopted by SER to clarify the relationship between the Society’s work and the broader fields of conservation and environmentalism.