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What is Ecological Restoration?

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER 2004  defines ecological restoration as “the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.” Ecological restoration requires extensive knowledge of the biotic and abiotic environments that sustain biological communities and ecosystem processes. It also requires an understanding of the societal framework of values, ethics, and policy that influence the causes of degradation, the feasibility of its prevention, and the implementation of restoration efforts when degradation occurs.