1st Edition

Ecological Restoration Law Concepts and Case Studies

Edited By Afshin Akhtar-Khavari, Benjamin J. Richardson Copyright 2019
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



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

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