Restoration priorities and strategies
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Restoration priorities and strategies

Restoration to protect biodiversity and enhance green infrastructure: Nordic examples of priorities and needs for strategic solutions

Restoration is a tool to achieve several of the strategic targets of The Convention on Biological Diversity from 2010. Currently, there is no standard for how to set priorities for restoration. The aim of this project was to exchange knowledge between the Nordic countries and Estonia regarding experiences of restoration and priority setting with a landscape perspective. Using case examples, the project explores and discusses approaches for setting priorities, and suggests possible ways of improved approaches for prioritization. This includes how to improve Green Infrastructure and measures for protection of species and habitats in fragmented landscapes. The case examples use different approaches, and provide ideas, reflections and take-home messages to enhance future prioritization. This report show that there is a need for greater emphasis on the prioritization aspects of restoration.

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The importance of ecological restoration for improving the conditions of degraded land and ecosystems has become more evident in recent years, and ecological restoration has been more clearly stated in politics, management and science (see e.g. Benayas et al. 2009, Comín 2010, Bullock et al. 2011, Suding 2011, Halme et al. 2013). Ecological restoration is “the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed”, relating to the recovery of ecosystem health, integrity and sustainability (SER 2004).