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IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG)
The role of the RSG is to promote the re-establishment of viable populations in the wild of animals and plants. The need for this role was felt due to the increased demand from re-introduction practitioners, the global conservation community and increase in re-introduction projects worldwide. The RSG published Guidelines for Re-introductions (1995) in response to the increased occurrence of flora and fauna re-introduction projects worldwide.

RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands
The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Their Principles and Guidelines for Wetland Restoration (2002) recognizes the importance of past experience in wetland restoration, the increasing interest in restoration, and need to define guidelines on principles for wetland restoration.

New Zealand Department of Conservation
The website has information about the protection of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places and how to get involved in conservation. It also offers Guidelines to the Development and Monitoring of Ecological Restoration Programmes (1994) as well as a more recent summary Key Steps to Effective Restoration.

Ministry of the Environment British Columbia
The Ministry’s vision is a clean, healthy and naturally diverse environment that enriches people’s lives, now and in the future. It has published Ecological Restoration Guidelines on developing and implementing restoration projects irrespective of scale or funding sources.

The Center for Invasive Plant Management (CIPM)
The CIPM supports natural resource managers, scientists, and educators pursuing ecological approaches to invasive plant management. It also offers a number of links to restoration and revegetation guidelines for native plants in the US grasslands.

U.S. National Park Service
Disturbed Land Restoration Program Guidance outlines the most common elements in restoration projects that include a physical component. Selection of appropriate methods and tools depends on the scale and nature of the disturbance.

Team Arundo del Norte
Team Arundo del Norte is a forum of local, state, and federal organizations dedicated to the control of Arundo donax (giant reed), where it threatens rivers, creeks, and wetlands in Central and Northern California. It has published Restoration/Revegetation Plan Guidelines for stream restoration that can be applied to other habitats.

The Waterfront Regeneration Trust
In 1999, the Trust transformed from a provincial agency to a not-for-profit organization committed to the same ambitious goal of regenerating the waterfront of Lake Ontario. The Trust has published Restoring Natural Habitats, an introduction to the basic guidelines associated with ecological restoration projects.

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