The relationship between ecological restoration and the ecosystem services concept

Alexander, Sasha, Aronson, James, Whaley, Oliver and Lamb, David (2016) The relationship between ecological restoration and the ecosystem services concept. Ecology and Society, 21 1: . doi:10.5751/ES-08288-210134


Author Alexander, Sasha
Aronson, James
Whaley, Oliver
Lamb, David
Title The relationship between ecological restoration and the ecosystem services concept
Journal name Ecology and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-3087
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5751/ES-08288-210134
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 21
Issue 1
Total pages 9
Place of publication Waterloo, ON Canada
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Ecological restoration and the mainstreaming of the concept of ecosystem services will be critical if global society is to move toward sustainability. Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and COP12 of the Convention on Biological Diversity should help foster support for vastly increased investment in the better management and restoration of natural capital. Large-scale restoration demonstrably improves ecological functioning to sustain both biodiversity and human well-being. However, much progress is needed to improve the effectiveness and cost efficiency of any restoration. The ecosystem services concept provides a framework for identifying the types of restorative interventions needed to target different forms and degrees of degradation, and achieve goals related to both ecosystem health and delivery of services to people. Moreover, it can strengthen the argument for, and planning of, large-scale restoration and conservation of natural capital. We use case studies from four continents to help demonstrate how the interconnection between ecological restoration and the ecosystem services concept is being utilized in land-use planning and enlightened ecosystem management. We offer ways in which this relationship can be better understood and communicated to support the scaling up of restoration activities to the landscape and regional scales across the full spectrum of land uses and ecosystem types.
Keyword Climate change
Ecosystem services
Land degradation
Land use
Large-scale ecological restoration
Restoring natural capital
Rural communities
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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