From small beginnings, Australian restoration is strengthening in quantity and quality, providing some promising examples of repairing damaged ecosystems. Does this point to potential for restoration to make a real difference to the conservation challenge?
A perspective on the evolving science and practice of ecological restoration in Australia
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2009
© 2009 Ecological Society of Australia
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 113–125, August 2009
How to Cite
McDonald, T. and Williams, J. (2009), A perspective on the evolving science and practice of ecological restoration in Australia. Ecological Management & Restoration, 10: 113–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2009.00472.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2009
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2009
- bush regeneration;
- ecological management
Summary This brief review of the science and practice of ecological restoration and rehabilitation in Australia shows that, from small isolated efforts in the first half of the 20th century, substantial numbers of programmes are steadily emerging from natural area, agricultural landscape, mining and aquatic management sectors. With support from numerous research programmes in the last two decades, restoration and rehabilitation work is increasing in scale and ecological rigour; and researchers and practitioners are increasingly engaging with the international restoration discourse. Future improvements in prioritization, goal-setting, monitoring, evaluation and communication are, however, still needed to improve Australia’s capacity to meet its increasingly serious environmental challenges and do its bit to reduce and halt global degradation.