Great Barrier Reef water quality improved by wetlands restoration, scientist says

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13 June, 2016 Queensland, Australia - Restoring Queensland's tens of thousands of coastal wetlands, known as nature's kidneys, could be crucial to the Great Barrier Reef's future, a James Cook University scientist believes. Freshwater ecology expert Dr Nathan Waltham is urging state and federal governments to look to the 13,000 coastal wetlands in Great Barrier Reef catchments to help im... read more

Use environmental impact 'bank' to fund coast restoration, congressman says

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27 May 2016 Louisiana, USA - Why not allow industries, governmental agencies and individuals to pay money into an "environmental impact bank" to offset the effects of construction projects on wetlands, wildlife, and even the effects of oil spills, with the bank using the money to fund major federal and state restoration projects? That's the idea U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-B.R., has succee... read more

Planting In Clumps Boosts Wetland Restoration Success

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2 November 2015 Durham, NC, USA - When restoring coastal wetlands, it’s long been common practice to leave space between new plants to prevent overcrowding and reduce competition for nutrients and sunlight. It turns out, that’s likely all wrong.  A new Duke University-led study, conducted to restore degraded salt marshes in Florida and the Netherlands, has found that clu... read more

USDA to invest $30 million to help protect wetlands in six states

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15 October 2015 Des Moines, Iowa, USA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bil... read more

Restoring MD’s streams to health: Does triage make sense?

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9 November 2015 Maryland, USA - I volunteered to staff the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit building at the state fair on Aug. 30, something I’ve done many times before I retired from my job at the DNR. Talking with people about “critters” and answering questions about what DNR employees do is enjoyable and educational. Watching children and adults peer... read more

Green thumbs: Restoration ecologist sees hope in New Mexico’s plant biodiversity

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9 November 2015 New Mexico, USA - With all the talk about global warming these days it is rare to hear “promising future” and “native plants and pollinators” in the same sentence. But restoration ecologist Melanie Gisler makes a career out of the hopeful act of researching and restoring native plants. She directs the Southwest Program of the Oregon-based Institute f... read more

A bird’s-eye view of forest restoration

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26th October 2015 Costa Rica - Rakan Zahawi had a problem. Zahawi, a scientist with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, had teamed up with a group from the University of Maryland and the University of California-Santa Cruz to test a new technique to monitor the recovery of tropical forests. They were planning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones, over a hand... read more

Rwanda Restores Ecosystems, Generating Record Tourism and New Opportunities

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October 20, 2015 - Rwanda has undergone a remarkable economic and social reconstruction in recent years and recorded consistent growth rates of 8 per cent a year between 2001 and 2012, according to the BBC's Country Profile....click here to read the full story from CPAfrica. read more

India: Smarter city needs better ecosystem

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PUNE: Urban planners and researchers have raised the pitch for an ecosystem restoration policy to compliment the Centre's ambitious Smart City Mission.  Several studies have shown that devastating floods, waterlogging, caving in of hillocks, depleting water-table and vanishing green cover have become common traits of cities that are facing the challenge of massive stress on urban ecology.... read more

Saudi Arabia: Aspirin aids Middle East plant restoration project

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KINGS Park scientists have found a key ingredient in aspirin and anti-pimple products, salicylic acid, is a cost-effective plant growth and survival improver during a world-first desert restoration trial in Saudi Arabia. For more than two years, Kings Park horticulturists and restoration scientists have been leading the systematic approach enabling plant restoration in the Thumama Nature Park ... read more

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