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|International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration|
Click here to download your copy of the Standards in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Korean, or French.
An interactive version of the Recovery Wheel is available online. The Recovery Wheel is also available for download on your Android device and will soon be available for the iPhone and iPad.
A Living Document
The Standards are currently under revision. Academics, practitioners, and international experts are in the process of editing, adapting, and adding to the Standards. This second draft will be available for download in Spring 2019.
About the Standards
George Gann, SER Global Restoration Ambassador
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 International Standards were reviewed by more than two dozen restoration ecologists, including practitioners, from across the world. The International Standards provide a framework for guiding the development and implementation of ecological restoration projects in any ecosystem, in any country, anywhere in the world.
The Standards include a 5-star rating system ranging from the implementation of restorative actions to full ecological restoration. The Standards are built on six key concepts:
The Standards also introduce two key tools for restoration projects (click to enlarge):
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 free and available online here.