Outplanting thermally tolerant coral stocks in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Photo by Shayle Matsuda

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Society for Ecological Restoration 

SER’s The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Book Series. Published in partnership with Island Press this 28-book series covers a wide range of topics, from the scientific principles underlying restoration and the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline, to issues and strategies for restoring specific ecosystem types and field-tested solutions for restoration practice. (Series Editor: James Aronson, Missouri Botanical Garden; Associate Series Editor: Karen D. Holl, University of California at Santa Cruz; Executive Series Editor: Erin Johnson, Island Press.)

SER’s Restoration Resource Center (RRC), a robust database full of relevant publications, presentations, and project information from around the world, is available to anyone. As with all of SER’s resources, this massive clearinghouse of information is helping to ensure that all knowledge–even that gained through project failure–is shared rather than shelved, and spread rather than siloed. SER makes it easy for anyone to submit information to the RRC.

SER Primer on Ecological Restoration

Make A Difference Week

Clewell, Andre F., and James Aronson. Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2013.

Court, Franklin E. Pioneers of Ecological Restoration: The People and Legacy of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

Falk, D. A., Palmer, M. A. et al. Foundations of Restoration Ecology. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2006.

Holl, Karen. Primer of Ecological Restoration. Island Press, 2020.

Higgs, Eric. Nature by Design: People, Natural Process, and Ecological Restoration. MIT Press, 2003.

Hobbs, R. J. & Harris, J. A. “Restoration ecology: Repairing the Earth’s ecosystems in the new millennium.” Restoration Ecology 9, 239–246 (2001).

Hobbs, R. J. & Norton, D. A. “Towards a conceptual framework for restoration ecology.” Restoration Ecology 4, 324–337 (1996).

Holl, Karen. Primer of Ecological Restoration. Island Press, 2020.

Jordan, William R. Making Nature Whole: A History of Ecological Restoration (2nd ed.). Island Press, 2011.

Jordan, William R. The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature. University of California Press, 2012.

Woodward, Paddy. Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century. The University of Chicago Press, 2013.

The Presidio, San Francisco, CA. These photos depict a former US Army landfill and brownfield that contained a culverted creek that once drained to a salt marsh in San Francisco Bay. The first photo depicts the site as it existed in 2004, pre construction. The second photo was taken during construction in 2005. The third photo shows the progress of vegetation growth. Volunteers and staff grew and outplanted over 80 species of native plants. Photos by Lew Stringer

Nonprofit Spotlight: Society for Ecological Restoration

Jordan, William R. “Looking Back: Reflections on the Progress of Restoration.” SER News, Vol. 27, Issue 2 (2013).

Stanley, John. “The Founding of SER, In Brief.” SER News, Vol. 27, Issue 2 (2013).

It’s the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. So What?

FAO, IUCN CEM & SER. 2021. Principles for Ecosystem Restoration to Guide the United Nations Decade 2021–2030. Rome, FAO.

UN Decade Strategy

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 2016. COP 13 Decision XIII/5. Ecosystem restoration: short-term action plan. Decision adopted by the conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity at its thirteenth meeting, 4–17 December 2016. CBD/COP/DEC/XIII/5. Cancún, Mexico.

Ecohydrological restoration of Burns Bog, British Columbia, Canada. Tree seedlings being removed from Burns Bog located in southwest British Columbia, Canada. ©City of Delta

Ecological Restoration along the Nation’s “Other River”

Baldwin, Andrew H.; Hammerschlag, Richard S.; and Cahoon, Donald R., “Evaluating Restored Tidal Freshwater Wetlands” (2018). USGS Staff-Published Research. 1165

Bowers, J. Keith. “Innovations in Tidal Marsh Restoration: The Kenilworth Marsh Account.” Restoration & Management Notes 13, no. 2 (1995): 155–61. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43440264.

Gillette, Howard. Between Justice and Beauty: Rce, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, DC. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University press. 1995.

Hutchinson, Louise. The Anacostia Story. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. 1977

Schlyer, Krista. River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia. Texas A&M University Press, 2018.

Williams, Brett. “A River Runs Through Us.” American Anthropologist, vol. 103, no. 2, [American Anthropological Association, Wiley], 2001, pp. 409–31, http://www.jstor.org/stable/683474.

Nichols, Alan B. “Restoring a Freshwater Tidal Marsh: Mixing Art with Science.” Water Environment & Technology, vol. 4, no. 3, Water Environment Federation, 1992, pp. 24–24, http://www.jstor.org/stable/24661842.

Syphax SW and Hammerschlag RS. 1995. “The reconstruction of Kenilworth Marsh, the last tidal marsh in Washington, DC.” Park Science. 15(1):1,16-19

Ecological Restoration as Primary Climate Change Response Mechanism: A Review of The Reindeer Chronicles:

Documentary of John Liu on his work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDgDWbQtlKI

The Sami Reindeer plight: https://wewhosupportjovssetante.org/adopt-a-reindeer/

Hydrology LIFE – Restoration of peatlands, small water bodies and bird lakes in Finland. Excavator filling a ditch with peat to restore peatland hydrology in Western Finland. Photo by Metsähallitus

The Economic Benefits of Ecological Restoration

Michael Common and Sigrid Stagl.  2005.  Ecological Economics. An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, 2005, XXXII + 560 pages  ISBN 0-521-01670-3

Nielsen-Pincus, Max and Cassandra Moseley.  2012. “The Economic and Employment Impacts of Forest and Watershed Restoration.” Restoration Ecology 21:2, pgs 207-214.

Cunningham, Storm. 2002. The Restoration Economy. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, CA 340 pp

World GDP 2021 – StatisticsTimes.com

BenDor, Todd K., Avery Livengood, T. William Lester, Adam Davis, and Logan Yonaviak.  2015. Defining and evaluating the Ecological Restoration Economy.  Restoration Ecology. Pg 1-11

Towe, Charles, H. Allen Klaiber, Joe Maher, Will Georgic. 2021. Valuation of Restored Streams using Repeat Sales and Instrumental Variables. 2021. Environmental and Resource Economics 80:199-219.

Nelson, Cara R., Tania Schoennagel, and Esther R. Gregory.  2008.  Opportunities for Academic Training in the Science and Practice of Restoration in the US and Canada. Restoration Ecology 16:2 pgs 225-230.

FAO. 2020. Restoring the Earth-The Next Decade. Unasylva No. 252-Vol 71: 138 pgs

Mills, A.J., T. Christopheresen, M.L. Wilkie, and E. Mansur. 2020. The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: Catalysing a global movement. In FAO 2020 Unasylva No 252 Vol 71: pgs 119-127.


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