The critical value for transferring knowledge between restoration projects

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Pål Skovli Henriksen

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As the number of restoration projects increases, the potential for knowledge exchange between them becomes more relevant. Utilizing the experiences from one project in others can be challenging and calls for a systematic approach: what is transferable, under what conditions, and how to communicate between projects? We use the restoration of a mountain area in Norway as a case project to illustrate our approach. The project, Hjerkinn PRO, has an aim formulated by the Norwegian Parliament, to restore a 165 km² former military training area into National Park. This is the most prominent restoration project in Norway so far, ongoing for almost 20 years, including stages of planning, implementation, and documentation. The experiences from Hjerkinn PRO have to some extent been adopted and continued in other restoration projects, nationally and internationally. More specifically, we will discuss transferability relative to goal formulation, restoration methods, cooperation between actors during implementation, and system for documentation and evaluation. In this presentation we want to suggest a model for how to identify and separate the relevant and transferable experiences from those that are unique and not relevant to others in more general terms. We will also discuss barriers for transfer of knowledge and from this identify further potentials. Finally, we give examples of how such transfer can improve the quality and effectiveness of future restoration.

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