Defining the decision space for ecological restoration at the landscape scale

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Cara Nelson

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Given the immediate need to meet global restoration targets (e.g., UN Aichi Targets and Sustainable Development Goals), the restoration community is ramping up efforts to develop national and regional restoration plans and to develop monitoring and assessment frameworks. Central to these efforts is the need to ensure that activities that are planned and implemented under restoration initiatives are restorative and have the potential for both strong biodiversity conservation and human wellbeing outcomes.  For example, ecological restoration by definition aims to repair degraded ecosystems and, therefore, restoration planning at the landscape scale should focus on identifying degraded landscapes. In addition, restoration plans must consider biodiversity conservation and ecological complexity and sustainability, in addition to the ecosystem’s goods and services of interest to stakeholders. Despite widespread agreement on these principles, the international community lacks comprehensive and widely endorsed guidelines for landscape-scale restoration. In this presentation, case studies of assessments of priority areas for landscape restoration will be used to explore the need for landscape-level guidelines. In addition, a framework for defining the decision space for ecological restoration planning will be proposed. The framework and guidelines will provide a tool for decision-makers, stakeholders and scientists to use in both restoration planning and assessment and will assist with separating ecological restoration and restorative activities from other areas of ecosystem management.

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