Nikita (Nik) Lopoukhine
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

“SER has been the recognized leader in ecological restoration from its inception. Now, putting up this Global Restoration Network site demonstrates why the mantle of leadership will not be taken away from this vital and exciting organization. The Global Restoration Network will now be the source of information on restoration for professionals and students alike. The IUCN is very excited about this contribution to the world of biodiversity conservation from one of its strongest members . Congratulations!”

Katherine S. McCarter
Executive Director
Ecological Society of America

“The GRN offers a wealth of information for researchers and teachers in conservation and restoration ecology, and I anticipate it will quickly become a valuable tool for ESA members.”

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf
Executive Secretary
Convention on Biological Diversity

“I congratulate the Society for Ecological Restoration International for launching the Global Restoration Network portal. This site provides direct access to technical information on ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration. Among the wealth of information are the Society’s ‘Guidelines for developing and managing ecological restoration projects’ and links to a plethora of books, articles and case studies. A searchable database forms the centre piece of the portal, which facilitates access to specific information. As the world community continues its efforts to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, restoration science is becoming an increasingly important tool. The Global Restoration Network provides access to proven approaches and methodologies that help to avoid costly mistakes. I invite Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, other Governments, organizations and relevant stakeholders to make use of this information in order to contribute to the achievement of the 2010 Biodiversity Target. We have the tools to ensure environmental sustainability. Let us use them.”

Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling, Ph.D.
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
American Museum of Natural History

“The Global Restoration Network is an exceptional resource for students, teachers, and practitioners of ecological restoration, and the scope and depth of information available through the GRN is remarkable. Ongoing efforts to conserve biodiversity increasingly rely on the wide dissemination of knowledge and the forging of new connections between professionals, and the Society for Ecological Restoration International is taking a major step forward in addressing these needs by forming the GRN. The goals of the GRN are closely aligned with our own goals at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), where we strive to improve information sharing and capacity building efforts worldwide, especially through our Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP). There will be many opportunities for collaboration between NCEP and the GRN, and I look forward to exploring these opportunities as the GRN is launched and continues to grow.”

John Stanturf, Ph.D.
International Union of Forest Research Organizations
Global Forest Information Service

“The Global Restoration Network portal will be extremely useful for researchers and practitioners interested in forest restoration. The increasing awareness of the need to restore forests around the world to sustainable ecological functioning increasingly is translated into restoration programs and the GRN will provide needed access to experience with what works.”

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