Natural regeneration approach to ecological restoration


Lessons and Limitations
  • Natural regeneration can occur in areas where damage is low or, at least for some species, where long time frames are available.
  • In some cases with long histories of utilisation, only partial recovery may be possible without moving the site to a more 'assisted regeneration' model.
  • Levels of invasive species over and above a 'maintenance' level would also take a site to an 'assisted regeneration' approach rather than a 'natural regeneration' approach.


Example of ceasing overfishing:

Great Barrier Reef 'No take' zones
https://site.emrprojectsummaries.org/2016/03/05/conserving-and-restoring-biodiversity-of-the-great-barrier-reef-through-the-representative-areas-program-rap/


Examples of ceasing livestock grazing:

Broken Hill Regeneration Area
http://www.brokenhillaustralia.com.au/about-broken-hill/local-factbook/regeneration-area/

Neds Corner, Victoria (some parts)
https://site.emrprojectsummaries.org/2016/03/06/recovering-biodiversity-at-trust-for-natures-neds-corner-station-victoria/


Example of ceasing clearing:

Brigalow regrowth, Queensland
www.qld.gov.au/environment/assets/documents/plants-animals/regrowth/brigalow-management-guideline.pdf


Example of ceasing mowing:

Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, North Head Sanctuary, former artillery site
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/59470619/ESBS%20EMR%20feature%20perkins%20et%20al%20with%20attachments.pdf