Australia/New Zealand

GRN’s Search for the “Top 25″ Australasian Ecological Restoration Projects

2-map-both-countries1Large and increasing efforts are being made to rectify the enormous negative landscape transformations that have occurred in both Australia and New Zealand (Australasia) over the last 200 years.

The projects listed on the following pages have been selected in a recent search for the most outstanding restoration projects in Australia and New Zealand. The aim was to highlight projects that might inspire and encourage restorationists throughout Australasia and elsewhere across the globe.

Access to reports for each of the ‘Top 25’ – and a further 18 ‘Highly commended’ projects – is provided via the following ‘country’ pages.



The selection of the ‘Top 25’ projects was made by a panel set up by the EMR journal with support from the Ecological Society of Australia – using parameters consistent with the SER Primer. Click here for the criteria used in judging these projects. Click here for the reporting template used by these projects.

Ecological Restoration in the two nations evolved from small beginnings – for different reasons and with different sets of influences.

In Australia, early projects from the late 1930s preceded a mushrooming of restoration activity in the 1970s, largely in response to urban bushland degradation and coastal overdevelopment. A second wave burgeoned in the 1980s in response to fragmentation in agricultural landscapes and decline in the condition of streams. Cross fertilization is now developing between these broad interests, with extensive work being carried out in all ecosystem types through private organsations and Australia’s three tiers of government (local, state and federal).

In New Zealand, a country with extremely high levels of endemism due its isolation for 80 million years, restoration activity has centered on reinstating habitat for declining fauna heavily predated by introduced mammals. Starting with pioneering work to achieve pest-free habitats on offshore islands, ambitious projects by private and public agencies have extended to mainland sites, where substantial success is now being achieved in the restoration of ‘mainland islands’.

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