WELCOME TO THE SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION AUSTRALASIA (SERA)

SER Australasia Conference 2018
Brisbane, 25-28 September 2018

The interactive Recovery Wheel is now available on the SERAUSTRALIASIA website. The app can also be accessed for free downloading "recovery wheel" from the Google play store or from the App store for IOS devices.

Congratulations to recipients of the inaugural SERA Awards for Restoration Excellence.
Awards have been announced for outstanding projects for SER's biennial awards in (i) excellence in ecological restoration practice, and (ii) the most outstanding student project.

Alan Watson Featherstone's ERA 2016 Keynote: 'Restoring the Caledonian Forests of Scotland' is an inspirational video of how the organisation Trees for Life is making a difference.
Watch the video here.

In pursuing a personal passion to restore the Caledonian Forests of Scotland, Alan Watson Featherstone developed an understanding of the key ecological principles needed to reinstate positive trophic cascades. By fencing remnant vegetation to reduce herbivory, ecological processes were reinstated to do the hard work of recovery. Rewilding projects are underway to complete ecosystem functionality.
The talk was the closing keynote address at the joint New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) and Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) Conference in Hamilton, New Zealand in 2016.

SERA does not itself engage in restoration projects; its mission supports that of SER:
"to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity
of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture."

While the field of ecological restoration is relatively specific in its objectives, a number of different stakeholders execute its practice. Broadly speaking, there are four main piers of stakeholders who contribute to these ends:

  • Public and Land managers (agencies at the Federal, State and Local levels of government)
  • Industry (Mining, Private Firms)
  • Academia/Research (Universities, Government Bodies)
  • Community (NGO's, Community Groups, Private Individuals)

These are the piers that form the foundations of practical outcomes - i.e. the sectors who contribute to outcomes or actually execute restoration.

Whether one works within one pier or another, insights gained from the experience of practice and investigation all help to improve our understanding of how to restore degraded ecosystems. SERA aims to facilitate cross disciplinary communication between these piers of activity to provide a unified voice of common principles of practice.

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