The National Standards
for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia have
been developed by the SERA board's Principles and Standards Reference
group in close collaboration with the following partners
Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR), Australian Instituteof
Landscape Architects (AILA), Australian Network for Plant Conservation,
(ANPC) Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP), Bush Heritage Australia
(BHA) Gondwana Link, Greening Australia (GA), Indigenous Flora and Fauna
Association (IFFA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (Advisor), Trees For
Life (TFL), Trust for Nature Vic (TFN Vic) , WetlandCare Australia (WCA).
The following individuals and organisations
are thanked for their generous financial contributions:
The Nature Conservancy (through its Ecological Science Program, which
is generously funded by The Thomas Foundation), Curtin University, The
University of Western Australia, Australian Seed Bank Partnership, Indigenous
Flora and Fauna Association, Australian Association of Bush Regenerators,
Bush-It, Ecosure, Bushland and Rainforest Restoration & Consulting, Hanson
Construction Materials, Little Gecko Media.
We also acknowledge the many agencies, researchers, industry bodies, contractors
and individuals whose comments on earlier versions improved the relevance
and rigor of the Standards.
The National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in
Australia has been published in the Restoration Ecology journal Vol. 24, No. S1, pp. S4–S32 June 2016 issue, and a pdf is available from their web site as an Open Access download http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rec.2016.24.issue-S1/issuetoc (2 MB).
This online version of the Standards is identical to the Restoration Ecology version in content except for the inclusion of case study examples and any corrections listed at the base of this contents page.
We are also making available a less-formally
formatted pdf (510 KB) that is identical to Restoration Ecology journal's online version (as per Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Open Access License: http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html).
Section 2 - Key Principles of Ecological Restoration
1. Ecological restoration practice is based on an appropriate local indigenous
2. Restoration inputs will be dictated by level of resilience and degradation.
3. Recovery of ecosystem attributes is facilitated by identifying clear
targets, goals and objectives.
4. Full recovery is the goal of ecological restoration but outcomes may
take long timeframes.
5. Restoration science and practice are synergistic.
6. Social aspects are critical to successful ecological restoration.
3. Standard Elements in an Ecological Restoration Activity - Planning,
Implementation,Monitoring and Evaluation
Planning and design, Implementation, Monitoring,
documentation, evaluation and reporting.
5. Glossary of Terms
1 - Relationship of ecological restoration to other environmental repair
2. Values and principles underpinning ecological restoration.
3. Genetics, fragmentation and climate change - implications for restoration
and rehabilitation of local indigenous vegetation communities.
4. Some examples of detailed objectives (using quantifiable indicators).
5. Blank project evaluation template (for practitioner use).
The first sentence of the second paragraph of Principle 4 has now been corrected to read:
Five star recovery - that is, where the ecosystem is on a self-organising trajectory to full recovery (based on an appropriate local indigenous reference ecosystem) - is the standard to which all ecological restoration projects aim.