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Ecological Restoration Law
Concepts and Case Studies

ISBN 9780367662271
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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

List of contributors

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


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

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