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Ecological Restoration Law

Concepts and Case Studies, 1st Edition

Edited by Afshin Akhtar-Khavari, Benjamin J. Richardson


294 pages

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Ecological restoration is as essential as sustainable development for the health of the biosphere. Restoration, however, has been a low priority of most countries' environmental laws, which tend to focus narrowly on rehabilitation of small, discrete sites rather than the more ambitious recovery of entire ecosystems and landscapes. Through critical theoretical perspectives and topical case studies, this book's diverse contributors explore a more ambitious agenda for ecological restoration law. Not only do they investigate current laws and other governance mechanisms; they also consider the philosophical and methodological bases for the law to take ecological restoration more seriously. Through exploration of themes relating to time, space, geography, semiotics, social justice, and scientific knowledge, this book offers innovative and critical insights into ecological restoration law.

Table of Contents

1.Ecological Restoration in the Anthropocene

Afshin Akhtar-Khavari and Benjamin J. Richardson

Part 1

Concepts of Ecological Restoration Law

2. The Social Life of Plants and Trees and the Limits of Environmental Law’s Recovery Imagination

Afshin Akhtar-Khavari

3. Timescapes of Ecological Restoration

Benjamin J. Richardson

4. The Story of Stewardship and Ecological Restoration

Emily Barritt

5. Ecological Reconciliation on Private Agricultural Land: Moving Beyond the Human–Nature Binary in Property-Environment Contests

Robyn Bartel and Nicole Graham

6. Linking Restoration Science and Law

An Cliquet and Kris Decleer

7. Green Financing of Ecosystem Restoration

Froukje Maria Platjouw

Part 2

Case Studies of Ecological Restoration Law

8. Legal Considerations when Operationalizing Eco-restoration within the European Union: A Sisyphean Task or Unlocking Existing Potential?

Hendrik Schoukens

9. Public Participation and Socio-Economic Justice in Eco-restoration Law and Governance: The UN Environment – Ogoniland Case Study

Uzuazo Etemire and Menes Abinami Muzan

10. Motivating Ecological Restoration by Private Landowners through Special Purpose Districts

Anastasia Telesetsky

11. Reconstructing the Environment: Perception and Changes in Australia's Murray-Darling River Basin

Francine Rochford

12. Reforming Restoration to Support Climate Change Adaptation

Phillipa McCormack

About the Editors

Professor Afshin Akhtar-Khavari is at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Professor Benjamin J. Richardson is based at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

About the Series

Law, Justice and Ecology

In an age of climate change, scarcity of resources, and the deployment of new technologies that put into question the very idea of the 'natural', this book series offers a cross-disciplinary, novel engagement with the connections between law and ecology. The fundamental challenge taken up by the series concerns the pressing need to interrogate and to re-imagine prevailing conceptions of legal responsibility, legal community and legal subjectivity, by embracing the wider recognition that human existence is materially embedded in living systems and shared with multiple networks of non-humans.

Encouraging cross-disciplinary engagement and reflection upon relevant empirical, policy and theoretical issues, the series pursues a thoroughgoing, radical and timely exploration of the multiple relationships between law, justice and ecology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / International
NATURE / Ecology