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|International Principles & Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, 2nd Edition|
Download your copy of the second edition of the Standards in English, Chinese, or as a summary in English. The second edition has been published as a stand-alone, open-access, special issue of Restoration Ecology.
We are currently seeking volunteers to translate the second edition for other languages. If you are interested please email us.
About the Standards
-George Gann, SER International Policy Lead
The second edition of the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration was released on September 27, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa at SER’s 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration.
This groundbreaking 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.
The second edition builds on the first edition of the Standards, which was released December 12, 2016 at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico. The development of these Standards has been broadly consultative. The first edition was circulated to dozens of practitioners and experts for feedback and review. After release of the first edition, SER held workshops and listening sessions, sought feedback from key international partners and stakeholders, opened a survey to members, affiliates and supporters, and considered and responded to published critiques.
SER also developed a free e-learning course to introduce practitioners and professionals to the core components of restoration and how to implement the Standards on the ground. This course is currently being adapted to reflect updates from the second edition of the Standards.
This course is free and available online here.
Previous Version (Archive)
Click here to download the first edition of the Standards in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and French.