Project Database

©Stephen Glass

The RRC provides a searchable database of restoration projects from around the world intended to serve as a resource for practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and the general public. Projects have been freely contributed by users of the SER website, or have been compiled from publicly available information by SER staff or other designees of SER. Expand the filter tool below to search for projects by country, region, biome, ecosystem, cause of degradation, or any combination of these factors.

Although SER does review all submissions for relevance, quality, and completeness before approving them for inclusion in the database, they are not subjected to peer review nor has project information been independently verified in the field. SER therefore makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information presented here or the degree to which the methods, techniques, and strategies used for a particular project adhere to generally accepted standards for ecological restoration practice. Anyone interested in learning more about a particular project is encouraged to contact the project lead or the responsible organization directly for further information.

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Brazil: Restoration of a Restinga Sandy Coastal Plain in Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

Abstract: Brazil's population is overwhelmingly centered on the coast, and the resultant anthropogenic pressures have brought severe degradation and widespread habitat loss to coastal ecosystems. Restingas, or sandy coastal plains, are one such ecosystem that has been greatly impacted by encroaching human populations, and this study was undertaken to restore natural vegetation on a remnant restinga in Rio de Janeiro. Although shrubs and trees comprise the majority of a natural restinga plant community,...

México: Forestación con Mangles en Isletas de Dragados en la Costa Semiárida de Sinaloa

Country: Mexico

Abstract: La bahía de Navachiste, localizada al norte del Estado de Sinaloa, se considera como sitio RAMSAR de importancia para aves acuáticas migratorias y es un área de importancia pesquera. Sin embargo, actividades como la agricultura, la acuacultura y las descargas de aguas urbanas han ocasionado la contaminación del cuerpo de agua, por lo que se desarrolló un programa de dragado para la rehabilitación hidrológica del sistema lagunar. Como parte del programa, se condicionó a que las zonas de...

Canada: Restoration of a Fen Plant Community after Peat Mining in Southern Québec

Country: Canada

Abstract: Even several decades after the cessation of mining activities, natural revegetation of mined peat fields in North America is often constrained by a lack of suitable propagules, as the residual peat is devoid of plants and a viable seed bank (Salonen 1987), and natural areas surrounding the mined fields are typically bogs with few or no fen species present (Poulin et al. 1999; Campbell et al. 2003). This study was undertaken in the RiviÁ¨re-du-Loup peatland in southern Québec, Canada to test...

Argentina: Plantación de Especies Nativas del Chaco Occidental en Zonas de Pastizales de Altura en Las Sierras de Córdoba

Country: Argentina

Abstract: La degradación ambiental por acción antrópica es de tal magnitud, en algunos sitios de las Sierras de Córdoba, que su recuperación requiere de la intervención humana a través de medidas que ayuden a detener y/o revertir el proceso de deterioro. Se han realizado con éxito algunas iniciativas de reforestación con diversas coníferas, especialmente pinos, pero no hay, hasta el momento, mayor información sobre forestaciones con especies del Bosque Serrano. Los objetivos del presente...

Chile: Reforestación de los Bosquetes de Olivillo en el Parque Nacional Bosque Fray Jorge

Country: Chile

Abstract: Con el propósito de evaluar las posibilidades de aumentar la masa boscosa del Bosque Fray Jorge, sellar los claros y unir los fragmentos, se inició un programa de plantación en 1999 con una duración de tres años. El objetivo fue contribuir a la restitución de la condición ambiental del bosque, en sus aspectos cuantitativos y cualitativos. Las plantaciones con las especies Aextoxicon punctatum Ruiz et Pav. (Olivillo), Myrceugenia correifolia Hook et Arn. (Petrillo) y Drimys winteri J.R....

Ecuador: Reforestation with Native Species in the Southern Andean Region

Country: Ecuador

Abstract: In spite of its designation as one of the world's biodiversity "hot spots," Ecuador has the highest deforestation rate in South America. Large tracts of its Andean forests have been exploited for timber and non-timber forest products and then converted into agricultural systems, primarily pastures for livestock production. These pastures decrease in productivity relatively quickly and must eventually be abandoned, leaving a denuded site overgrown with non-native grasses. Due to the region's...

Colombia: Rehabilitación de Bosques de Manglar en la Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta

Country: Colombia

Abstract: El proyecto de rehabilitación de la Región de la Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta es el proyecto de rehabilitación de bosques de manglar mas extenso en Latinoamérica. Através de cambios hidrológicos iniciados en 1995 con la apertura de cinco canales naturales pre-existentes que comunican el agua dulce del río Magdalena con el sistema lagunar, se trata de una reducción significativa de la salinidad de la columna de agua y del agua intersticial del suelo para facilitar la regeneración...

Italy: Dune Restoration on the Coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Country: Italy

Abstract: Restoration was undertaken on sand dune environments along the coastal belt of the Castelporziano nature reserve near Rome, Italy using "soft techniques" applied over an area of approximately 3 km. Forty dunes were built up in three belts located at < 40 m, 40-70 m, and > 70 m, respectively, from the shoreline. On each of 38 dunes, 20 individuals of Ammophila littoralis were planted, as this autochthonous species is considered particularly suitable for the stabilization of sand dunes....

India: Restoration of Banni Grassland in Gujarat

Country: India

Abstract: The Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC), a body created by the Forest and Environment Department of the Government of Gujarat, initiated a restoration programme for Banni grassland in the state's northern Kachchh district in 1995. Targeting lands degraded by overgrazing, woody species invasion and salinization, the project aims to improve ecosystem productivity, and thereby ensure the socio-economic resilience of local inhabitants in a region entirely dependent upon livestock and the rangelands...

Spain: Restauración de las Dunas Litorales de la Devesa de la Albufera de Valencia

Country: Spain

Abstract: Un cordón arenoso que separa el lago de La Albufera del Mar Mediterráneo, la Devesa de la Albufera está ubicada a solo 9 km al sur de Valencia capital. Con el comienzo de la época de urbanización a finales de los años 60, esta zona sufrió una degradación de sus ecosistemas bastante pronunicada, debida a la instalación de infraestructura urbana y el aumento del turismo que se observó tanto en esta zona como en todo el litoral mediterráneo español. En el año 1981 el Ayuntamiento de...

Peru: Restoration of the Prosopis pallida (Huarango) Southern Dry Forest

Country: Peru

Abstract: Conducted in the hyper-arid Atacama-Sechura ecoregion, the Habitat Restoration and Sustainable Use of the Southern Peruvian Dry Forest project aims to protect fast-disappearing Prosopis pallida forest relics and combat desertification by working with local communities in Ica, Peru to establish forest reserves and restore a patchwork of small, degraded trial sites. Using native plants reared in local nurseries, the project has carried out restoration activities at several small farming villages...

Puerto Rico: Replantación de Fragmentos de Coral en en la Reserva Pesquera Marina del Canal de Luis Peña, Culebra

Country: Puerto Rico

Abstract: Los arrecifes de coral someros localizados en la Reserva Pesquera Marina del Canal de Luis Peña, Culebra, constituyen parte del Hábitat Esencial de Peces (HEP) en sus estadíos juveniles para muchas especies con un valor comercial alto. Una porción significativa del HEP dentro de la Reserva se ha degradado debido a una combinación de factores antropogénicos y naturales. Se llevó a cabo un experimento de replantación de fragmentos de corales para determinar su supervivencia y la...

Bangladesh: Mangrove Afforestation Programme of the National Forest Department

Country: Bangladesh

Abstract: The protection from cyclone damage afforded by the Bangladesh Sundarbans mangrove forests, a continuous natural mangrove forest of 5800 km2 in the south-west of Bangladesh, led the Forest Department in 1966 to commence a programme of planting mangroves outside the protective coastal embankments in order to provide greater protection for inhabited coastal areas. These initial mangrove plantings were highly successful and led to the development of a large-scale mangrove afforestation programme....

Costa Rica: Restauración del Humedal Palo Verde en la Guanacaste

Country: Costa Rica

Abstract: Para reducir la cantidad de tifa en el humedal Palo Verde, cobertura dominante desde 1985, se llevó a cabo la restauración de 200 ha de la laguna en el año 2002. Como parte del monitoreo biológico realizado en el sitio para evaluar la efectividad de la restauración, se estimó el cambio de las coberturas de vegetación y se evaluó la respuesta de las aves acuáticas a la restauración del humedal Palo Verde (Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) durante el período de julio...

México: Restauración del Manglar con Rhizophora mangle en la Costa de Chiapas

Country: Mexico

Abstract: Se realizó la rehabilitación de 2.0 hectáreas de manglar en Laguna de Cabildo y Laguna de Pozuelos en el Municipio de Tapachula; esta restauración se realizó por medio de la siembra directa con propágulos y plantas de vivero de Rhizophora mangle. En Laguna de Cabildo se sembraron 19 345 hipocótilos durante el periodo de junio a agosto. Posteriormente, en septiembre del año 2000, en Laguna de Pozuelos se plantaron 3 019 propágulos. Después de 240 días las plántulas alcanzaron más de...

Argentina: Restauración de Bosque Andino-Patagónico con Austrocedrus chilensis

Country: Argentina

Abstract: Un estudio piloto se realizó en una ladera de cinco hectáreas, originalmente cubierta por bosque puro de Austrocedrus chilensis, ubicada en las cercanías del Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, provincia de Río Negro, Argentina. El área fue quemada y posteriormente talada ilegalmente en su totalidad. Por su ubicación, es importante recuperar la cubierta vegetal de esta ladera para detener la erosión del suelo y proteger la cuenca. Cuatro años después del incendio la cobertura arbustiva era...

Mexico: Black Mangrove Restoration at Laguna de Balandra, Baja California Sur

Country: Mexico

Abstract: Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) seedlings (n=555) were grown from field-collected propagules for several months in a new type of terrestrial nursery. They were grouped in clusters of five plants and then transplanted to a clear-cut zone at Laguna de Balandra, a lagoon fringed by mangrove forest in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The survival rates and development of the transplanted seedlings were monitored at 6-month intervals for 2 years. After 1 month, the survival of seedlings was 96%,...

USA: Alabama: Cumberland Sandstone Glade Restoration at the William B. Bankhead National Forest

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Sandstone glades of the Southern Cumberland Plateau are rare and unique plant communities exhibiting some of the richest endemic floras of any habitat type in the eastern United States. As such, they have become a conversation priority and are included in a broad restoration initiative of the US Forest Service at William B. Bankhead National Forest in northern Alabama. In 2007, a pilot project was conducted on a 3-acre glade to test methodology and thus help guide and inform broader restoration...

Netherlands: Assessment of Fire as a Restoration Tool for Coastal Dunes

Country: Netherlands

Abstract: This study was conducted on the east coast of Terschelling Island, The Netherlands to assess vegetative succession on a coastal dune after a wildfire in 1993. Prior to the fire, mosses and tall graminoids predominated on the dune and dramatically altered the structure of what had once been a lichen-rich floristic community interspersed with patches of bare sand. Extensive data collected at the site in 1966 and again in 1990 allowed researchers to follow long-terms trends in species composition...

France: Dune Restoration in North Brittany

Country: France

Abstract: Beginning in 1988, the local council of Ille et Vilaine, France began restoring coastal dunes in north Brittany that had suffered severe degradation as a result of sand quarrying and heavy tourism following World War II. Sites chosen for restoration were first fenced to prevent further trampling and were then planted with marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) in hopes that original dune morphology and floristic communities would gradually be achieved. A monitoring study conducted 10 years after the...

France: Restoration of Floodplain Wetlands in the Mediterranean Region

Country: France

Abstract: Restoration of wetlands has become an increasing field of application of ecological research due to mitigation regulations, changes in agricultural practices and an increasing consideration of the role of wetlands in the water cycle. In areas where the history of human use of natural areas is old and intense, restoration projects must not only consider ecological objectives but also social aspects. The Vistre project was developed to answer a social demand of restoring the flood storage...

Spain: La Restauración del Río Alhárabe

Country: Spain

Abstract: La cuenca del río Alhárabe con sus 40 Km de arroyos es una zona de riberas degradadas en las que se está llevando a cabo un proyecto de restauración y recuperación de la vegetación de ribera. Este proceso practicaría la reintroducción de árboles y arbustos de ribera autóctonos de la zona. Además, para mayor potenciación y virtud ecológica, se consideró plantar prioritariamente especies que estuviesen en peligro de extinción. Los motivos de esta repoblación son muchos, y todos...

Kenya: Shimba Hills Forest Landscape Restoration Project

Country: Kenya

Abstract: The Shimba Hills Forest Landscape Restoration Project was undertaken in 2004 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Lafarge Group to restore degraded stands of Kenya's coastal rainforest adjacent to the Shimba Hills Reserve. These forests have been badly degraded as a result of pressure from encroaching human populations, and it is hoped that in addition to community tree nurseries and buffer-zone seedling plantations, practitioners can begin effecting lasting restoration measures through...

Argentina: Atlantic Forest Restoration in Iguazú National Park

Country: Argentina

Abstract: This project was initiated in 2001 with the support of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its partner organization the Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA) to reconnect and restore fragmented stands of Atlantic Forest in the tri-national Upper Paraná eco-region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. This region is of vital importance in maintaining connectivity among four key parks: Iguaúu National Park in Brazil, Iguazú National Park in Argentina (both Heritage Sites protecting the world...

Portugal: Cork Oak Forest Restoration

Country: Portugal

Abstract: The Southern Portugal Green Belt project was undertaken as part of the larger WWF Mediterranean Cork Oak Landscapes Programme to restore the cork oak forest landscape at two pilot sites in Southern Portugal. Spanning the Portuguese provinces of Alentejo and Algarve in an area of exceptional natural value extending 8,000 km2, the restoration targeted cork oak forests belonging to the warm and humid mixed-oak forest type--dominated by cork-oak (Quercus suber). The project aims to increase forest...

Chile: Restoration of Araucaria araucana Forests in Region IX

Country: Chile

Abstract: The Villa Las Araucarias forest restoration project was undertaken in the Nahuelbuta Mountains of Chile's Region IX to restore several hectares of threatened Araucaria araucana forest. Exotic species plantations of Pinus radiata, together with livestock grazing and agricultural disturbances, have reduced these forests to a fraction of their original size and have left only isolated stands of the rare and endemic A. araucana. In collaboration with local landowners and community members, project...

Canada: Manitoba: Tallgrass Prairie Restoration on Agricultural Fields Removed from Cultivation

Country: Canada

Abstract: Initiated in 1987 by the provincial government of Manitoba, the Beaudry Park restoration project aims to restore native tallgrass prairie to sections of three agricultural fields removed from cultivation. With more than 120 hectares reseeded between 1987 and 2000, and a future restoration site still under cultivation, Beaudry Park is the largest and longest-running project of its kind in Canada and is yielding valuable data about vegetative succession and the relative efficacy of prairie...

Latvia: Floodplain Restoration for European Union Priority Species and Habitats

Country: Latvia

Abstract: This EU LIFE project encompasses 16 priority floodplain meadows in Latvia representing a combined area of 14,085 ha. The project sites, not previously addressed under other nature conservation initiatives, are all of unique regional, national and international importance and harbor the best floodplain meadows in the country, including 50% of its Fennoscandian wooded meadows and over 6530 ha of alluvial forests. These meadows provide crucial habitat for several priority bird species--chief among...

Canada: British Columbia: Kennedy Flats Watershed Restoration Project

Country: Canada

Abstract: Kennedy Flats Watershed is located in Clayoquot Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Much of the watershed was logged between 1950 and 1980, and logging and salvage practices of the time were not designed to protect streams or fisheries resources. As a result, many of the streams in the area have reduced fish access, poor water quality and altered hydrological function. The Kennedy Watershed Restoration Project (KWRP) was initiated in 1994 under the federal...

USA: Nevada: Restoration of Riparian Wet Meadows

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The goal of this project was to restore riparian grass and sedge meadows currently dominated by Artemisia tridentata var. tridentata. The project sought to evaluate burning sites with low, intermediate, and high water tables; essentially, dry, intermediate, and wet sites. In order to define the alternative states and thresholds for these ecosystems, the project examined burning and water table effects on both abiotic variables and the establishment of grasses adapted to relatively high (Poa...