Examples of a reconstruction approach - rebuilding from 'scratch'

The art and science of reconstruction pivots around the question "How do we rebuild this ecosystem when there is little if anything of it left on site?" Many projects around Australia, both terrestrial and aquatic, are facing this challenge head-on, supported by innovative research and practice, with increasingly satisfactory results.

Post-industrial development

Ecological restoration is a rapidly emerging practice that often relies upon processes of trial and error, with monitoring increasingly being informed by scientific approaches (Box 3). Formal field experiments can also be incorporated into restoration practice, generating new findings to both inform adaptive management and provide valuable insights for the natural sciences.


Marine and coastal

Riparian Yate system, 8 years after direct seeding at Peniup, Gondwana Link, Western Australia.