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 and advisors:
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. S4S32 June 2016 issue, and a pdf is available from their web site as an Open Access download (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:


Section 1
Partners and sponsors
Minister's Foreword
Executive Summary

Section 2 - Key Principles of Ecological Restoration Practice
Principle 1. Ecological restoration practice is based on an appropriate local indigenous reference ecosystem.
Principle 2. Restoration inputs will be dictated by level of resilience and degradation.
Principle 3. Recovery of ecosystem attributes is facilitated by identifying clear targets, goals and objectives.
Principle 4. Full recovery is the goal of ecological restoration but outcomes may take long timeframes.
Principle 5. Restoration science and practice are synergistic.
Principle 6. Social aspects are critical to successful ecological restoration.

Section 3. Standard Elements in an Ecological Restoration Activity - Planning, Implementation,Monitoring and Evaluation
Planning and design, Implementation, Monitoring, documentation, evaluation and reporting.

Section 4. References

Section 5. Glossary of Terms

Appendix 1 - Relationship of ecological restoration to other environmental repair activities.
Appendix 2. Values and principles underpinning ecological restoration.
Appendix 3. Genetics, fragmentation and climate change - implications for restoration and rehabilitation of local indigenous vegetation communities.
Appendix 4. Some examples of detailed objectives (using quantifiable indicators).
Appendix 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.

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