Novel ecosystems: concept or inconvenient reality? A response to Murcia et al.

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Murcia et al. contend that the concept of a ‘novel ecosystem’ is poorly developed, has no evidence base, and has little management application and potential negative policy impacts. However, it is more accurate to observe that conceptual development is ongoing (as would be expected in a relatively new area of endeavor), empirical evidence is mounting, many managers find the ideas us... read more

A critique of the ‘novel ecosystem’ concept

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The ‘novel ecosystem’ concept has captured the attention of scientists, managers, and science journalists, and more recently of policymakers, before it has been subjected to the scrutiny and empirical validation inherent to science. Lack of rigorous scrutiny can lead to undesirable outcomes in ecosystem management, environmental law, and policy. Click here for more information. read more

The State of the World's Genetic Resources

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This first volume of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources constitutes a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources at the national, regional and international levels. Click here for more information. read more

Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology

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The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN,  provides a flexible and affordable framework approach for countries to rapidly identify and analyse forest landscape restoration (FLR) potential and locate specific areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level. Click here for more information. read more

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

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Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention. The fourth edition launched October 6, 2014. Click here for more information. read more

US Fish and Wildlife: Restoration Returns

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A new peer-reviewed analysis finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. The report, Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects to Local U.S. Economies, finds that, in working directly with partners to implement vital on- the- ground habitat restoration, these... read more

SER Seeks Executive Director - Applications Due by Nov. 14

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The Society is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will lead the Society in promoting the science and practice of ecological restoration. Primary responsibilities for this position are fundraising, representing the Society to global partners and the public, managing day-to-day operations and supervising a small office staff, and overseeing the S... read more

SER Sponsors KISR International Symposium on Native Plant Production in Kuwait

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The Society is pleased to announce that along with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) the Society for Ecological Restoration will co-sponsor The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) International Symposium on Native Plant Production in Kuwait, November 10-13, 2014. SER Chair, Dr. Cara Nelson, SER Pacific Regional Repres... read more

SER2015 World Conference - Call for Symposia, Workshops & Training Courses

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The call for proposals for Symposia, Workshops and pre-Conference Training Courses at SER's 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration is now open. SER2015 will be held in Manchester, England from August 23-27, 2015, with pre-Conference Training Courses taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22.  The Conference theme i... read more

Survey on the State of Knowledge & Practice of Ecological Restoration

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SER is looking for input from ecological restoration practitioners, scientists, and knowledge holders on the development of a new SER publication. This publication will inform and influence others about the potential of ecological restoration to address the global challenges associated with ecosystem degradation and rapid environmental change. The target audience is someone without f... read more