Restoration Ecology: Interventionist Approaches for Restoring and Maintaining Ecosystem Function in the Face of Rapid Environmental Change

Posted: 27 Dec 2008

Date Written: December, 23 2008

Abstract

Restoration ecology provides the conceptual and practical frameworks to guide management interventions aimed at repairing environmental damage. Restoration activities range from local to regional and from volunteer efforts to large-scale multiagency activities. Interventions vary from a "do nothing" approach to a variety of abiotic and biotic interventions aimed at speeding up or altering the course of ecosystem recovery. Revised understanding of ecosystem dynamics, the place of humans in historic ecosystems, and changed environmental settings owing to rapid environmental change all impact on decisions concerning which interventions are appropriate. Key issues relating to ecosystem restoration in a rapidly changing world include understanding how potentially synergistic global change drivers interact to alter the dynamics and restoration of ecosystems and how novel ecosystems without a historic analogue should be managed.

Keywords: climate change, complex exosystems, ecological restoration, priority setting, threshold

Suggested Citation

Hobbs, Richard J. and Cramer, Viki A., Restoration Ecology: Interventionist Approaches for Restoring and Maintaining Ecosystem Function in the Face of Rapid Environmental Change (December, 23 2008). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 33, November 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319902

Richard J. Hobbs (Contact Author)

Murdoch University ( email )

South Street
Murdoch 6150, Western Australia
Australia

Viki A. Cramer

Murdoch University ( email )

South Street
Murdoch 6150, Western Australia
Australia

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