SER and Restoration In Asia

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Many thanks to Nigel Tucker, Principal Environmental Scientist with Biotropica, who represented SER at the June 27th CBD capacity building workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. Around 50 participants from 26 nations attended this workshop to review country progress towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets - specifically Targets 5 and 15, as detailed below:   Target 5: “By 2020... read more

Why Degraded Reefs could be the Future of Ocean Conservation

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When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an international group of scientists and conservationists is challenging traditional ideas about what’s worth saving when it comes to coral reefs. I... read more

Donor-Soil Microbes can speed up restoration of degraded farmland

Posted by Tracy Vence

Donor-soil microbes drive—and can speed up—the restoration of degraded farmland, scientists at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen have shown. The results of a six-year field test, published today (July 11) in Nature Plants, show the greatest ecosystem repair in formerly arable fields in which the team removed a thick layer of existing topsoil before applying a thin l... read more

Rating Restoration: New 5-Star Rating System to Serve as a Global Model

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World’s First National Standards for Ecological Restoration Published in Restoration Ecology Washington, DC. (July 18, 2016) – The world’s first national standards for ecological restoration were published in the journal Restoration Ecology last week. The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Australasia Chapter led a three-year collaborative process in partnership with m... read more

Restoration Techniques Need to be Improved to Conserve Wildlife

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The relative influence of in situ and neighbourhood factors on reptile recolonization in post-mining restoration sites Maggie D. Triska*, Michael D. Craig, Vicki L. Stokes, Roger P. Pech and Richard J. Hobbs [email protected] Restoration is necessary to lessen the destruction caused by mining and other disturbances, but more effort is required to improve restoration quality over time for ... read more

Upcoming Webinar: Biocrusts in Dryland Restoration

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Anita Antoninka, Kristina E. Young, and Henry S. Grover of the Forest-Rangeland Soil Ecology Lab of Northern Arizona University are working towards incorporating biological soil crusts into the restoration picture. In this webinar, they will share their progress and plans for restoring biocrusts using the following approach: 1) Develop optimal culturing techniques; 2) Maximize field survivorshi... read more

Webinar: Dune Conservation along Lake Michigan: Lessons from Geomorphology, Ecology, and the European Experience

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Dr. Ed Hansen and Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman present on dune ecology and management in this webinar, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration and SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter. Dr. Hansen is a professor of Geology at Hope College where his work has focused on dune history and how physical processes affect the dune formation, growth and migration. Recently he has begun collaboration wit... read more

A Guide for Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Coastal Restoration Projects

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This guidebook provides a framework for incorporating ecosystem service valuations at the beginning, rather than at the end, of coastal habitat restoration and creation projects. Applying ecosystem service valuation to coastal restoration projects has multiple advantages, including greater stakeholder support and greater likelihood of project success. Measuring the value of the ecosystem servic... read more

Researchers release 'ultimate guide' to coastal habitat rejuvenation

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Researchers have distilled 40 years of coastal marine restoration studies into a set of powerful guidelines for anyone hoping to rejuvenate coastal habitats. University of Queensland Global Change Institute postdoctoral research fellow Dr Elisa Bayraktarov said the new review was backed by 40 years of research, and could help stakeholders and decision-makers improve their conservation planning... read more

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