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Society for Ecological Restoration International
SER International does not itself engage in restoration projects; its mission is “to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.” To that end, the Society serves the growing field of Ecological Restoration through facilitating dialogue among restorationists; encouraging research; promoting awareness of and public support for restoration and restorative management; contributing to public policy discussions; recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of restoration; and, of course, promoting ecological restoration around the globe.

IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
Their mission is to provide expert guidance on integrated approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

Convention on Biological Diversity
This pact among the vast majority of the world’s governments sets out commitments for maintaining the world’s ecological underpinnings as we go about the business of economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.

Biodiversity Partnership
The Partnership is an attempt to bring together in one place a broad range of information about current broad-scale conservation planning efforts and the challenges involved in developing effective biodiversity conservation strategies.

Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society’s membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students make up the more than 10,000 members world-wide.

University of Wisconsin – Madison Arboretum
Widely recognized as the site of historic research in ecological restoration, the Arboretum includes the oldest and most varied collection of restored ecological communities in the world, including tallgrass prairies, savannas, several forest types and wetlands.

Cranfield Centre for Ecological Restoration
The Centre aims to reconcile conflicting pressures by examining and planning restoration programmes at a landscape level while the importance of patchiness, boundaries and ecosystem services must all be considered if we are to produce sustainable systems by ecological restoration.

Center for Conservation Biology
The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) promotes human well-being by developing a scientific basis for managing Earth’s life-support systems and helping arrest environmental deterioration. CCB disseminates its findings widely, often combining a policy approach to its scientific agenda.

Trees for Life
The work of Trees for Life is helping to pioneer the techniques of ecological restoration, the newly-developing science of rehabilitating degraded and damaged ecosystems, or, in more simple terms, the healing of the Earth. Restoration work is underway in a wide variety of ecosystems, ranging from Costa Rica’s dry tropical forests and the tallgrass prairies of the midwestern USA to the subtropical rainforests of New South Wales in Australia. From those diverse and wide-ranging situations, some common basic principles are emerging.

Ecological Restoration Online Network
With a focus towards graduate students, the network is an attempt organize resources related to restoration, to sketch out various descriptions of elements of restoration, to advocate restoration ecology as a worthwhile and meaningful science, and to promote the practice of ecological restoration around the world.

Wikipedia on Restoration Ecology
This entry introduces restoration ecology as a scientific discipline, give a brief justification for its importance, define its role within conservation biology, discusses its theoretical foundations, explains a few emerging concepts in restoration ecology, shows some examples of theory influencing application, presents some ethical considerations, and inspire increased interest in this field.

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