Restoration ecology to the future: A call for a new paradigm

Choi, Y.D.

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This paper calls for a new paradigm of ecological restoration to the future. In this article, I attempt to address these dilemmas and a need for changing our restoration paradigm from past- to future-oriented for its applicability of ecological theories to restoration practice, predictability of restoration outcome, and sustainability of restored ecosystems. Restoration should (1) establish the ecosystems that are able to sustain in the future, not the past, environment; (2) have multiple alternative goals and trajectories for unpredictable endpoints; (3) focus on rehabilitation of ecosystem functions rather than recomposition of species or cosmetics of landscape surface; and (4) acknowledge its identity as a ‘‘value-laden’’ applied science within economically and socially acceptable framework.

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Restoration Ecology