Recent Publications

The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources
This first volume of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources constitutes a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources at the national, regional and international levels.

USFWS: Restoration Returns
A new peer-reviewed analysis finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. This report finds that, in working directly with partners to implement vital on- the- ground habitat restoration, these programs created more than 3,900 jobs in Fiscal Year 2011, generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.

La restauración ecológica en Colombia: Tendencias, necesidades y oportunidades
El propósito de este documento es el de analizar cómo ha evolucionado el campo de la restauración ecológica en Colombia, su estado actual y los retos y oportunidades para su expansión en varios aspectos de su dimensión biofísica, social, financiera e institucional. Cuáles son las principales barreras en implementar estos proyectos y qué se ha aprendido hasta la fecha.

Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology
The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN,  provides a flexible and affordable framework approach for countries to rapidly identify and analyse forest landscape restoration (FLR) potential and locate specific areas of opportunity at a national or sub-national level.

A critique of the ‘novel ecosystem’ concept
The ‘novel ecosystem’ concept has captured the attention of scientists, managers, and science journalists, and more recently of policymakers, before it has been subjected to the scrutiny and empirical validation inherent to science. Lack of rigorous scrutiny can lead to undesirable outcomes in ecosystem management, environmental law, and policy.

Novel ecosystems: concept or inconvenient reality? A response to Murcia et al.
Murcia et al. contend that the concept of a ‘novel ecosystem’ is poorly developed, has no evidence base, and has little management application and potential negative policy impacts. However, it is more accurate to observe that conceptual development is ongoing (as would be expected in a relatively new area of endeavor), empirical evidence is mounting, many managers find the ideas useful for framing what they observe on the ground, and negative policy impacts are feared rather than observed, despite the growing attention that novel ecosystems are receiving.

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention. The fourth edition launched October 6, of 2014.

Second Growth: The promise of tropical forest regeneration in an age of deforestation
For decades, conservation and research initiatives in tropical forests have focused almost exclusively on old-growth forests because scientists believed that these “pristine” ecosystems housed superior levels biodiversity. With Second Growth, Robin L. Chazdon reveals those assumptions to be largely false, bringing to the fore the previously overlooked counterpart to old-growth forest: second growth.

Restauración ecológica para áreas protegidas: principios, directrices y buenas prácticas
Esta publicación proporciona una orientación para los gestores de áreas protegidas terrestres, marinas y de agua dulce, tanto a nivel de sistemas como de sitios, con respecto a la restauración de los valores naturales de la áreas protegidas y otros valores asociados. La guía proporciona información sobre los principios y las buenas prácticas, con ejemplos y asesoramiento sobre el proceso de restauración, pero no es un manual de restauración exhaustivo y no presenta metodologías y técnicas detalladas.

Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation
This Field Manual for Practitioners engages communities to consider social, economic and ecological factors before undertaken mangrove restoration, and relies on monitoring to inform corrective actions over time.

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