Ecological restoration and enabling behavior: a new metaphorical lens?
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 1–5, February 2013
How to Cite
Moore, K. D. and Moore, J. W. (2013), Ecological restoration and enabling behavior: a new metaphorical lens?. Conservation Letters, 6: 1–5. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00300.x
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 16 OCT 2012 02:58AM EST
- Received 25 June 2012 Accepted 1 October 2012
- ecological restoration;
- enabling behavior;
- process-based restoration;
- stream restoration
Ecological restoration practices are changing rapidly, dramatically, and in complex ways, with higher and higher stakes both for the restoration industries themselves and for the future of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Even as ecosystem degradation has accelerated, restoration has grown into a transnational, multibillion dollar industry. These changes create an imperative for correspondingly rapid and dramatic changes in the metaphoric lenses through which we view restoration projects. In this Policy Perspectives paper, we explore a metaphor that views ecological restoration through the lens of co-dependency theories about enabling behaviors in the lives of addicts. The metaphor raises questions about the nature of the relation between restoration practices and an industrial growth economy “addicted” to cheap fuel and consumer goods. It suggests some policy changes that might prevent development of co-dependencies between restoration industries and ecologically destructive practices.