2nd Edition

Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change Renewing Damaged Ecosystems

By Stuart K. Allison Copyright 2024
    260 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change presents an introduction to the practice of renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment.

    The book addresses and challenges key issues which question the core values of the science and practice of restoration ecology. The author explains that the process of restoration has always been defined by human choices and examines the development of restoration practice, to describe different models of restoration with respect to balancing ecological benefit and cultural value. He develops ways to balance more actively these differing areas of concern while planning restorations. This new edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the field and the new challenges posed to restoration ecology in the face of the rapid pace of climate change. With strong coverage of North and South American, Europe, and Australia, this new edition has been expanded to also address indigenous perspectives and restoration projects in Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. It places special emphasis on the need for restorationists to appreciate and understand the intricacies of planning and managing restorations in novel ecosystems. Lastly, it provides a critique of the new restoration standards published by the Society for Ecological Restoration in 2019.

    This book is essential reading for students on restoration ecology and conservation courses, as well as professionals and practitioners working on restoration projects.

    1. You can’t not choose
    2. How did we get here? A brief history of ecological restoration
    3. Restoration is an active choice
    4. Climate change: is the rapid pace and magnitude a bridge too far for ecological restoration?
    5. Novel ecosystems: a new wrinkle for ecological restoration
    6. Renewed restoration: building a middle path toward a restored Earth
    7. Building the restored future: making the renewal happen


    Stuart K. Allison is Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology and Conservation, and Director of the Green Oaks Field Research Center at Knox College, USA. He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration (with Stephen D. Murphy, 2017).