Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession

Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession

Authors: Andre F. Clewell and James Aronson

This book describes the field of ecological restoration holistically, including its principles, concepts, and practices. In a lively, very personal fashion, the authors also discuss the human needs and values that motivate practitioners and that holistic restoration can fulfil. The book is intended primarily for practitioners who are directly engaged in the restoration of ecosystems at project sites anywhere in the world, whether paid or voluntary. It is also for people who participate in the conception, planning, management, administration, and financial underwriting of ecological restoration projects. Students, teachers, historians of science, and all those interested in contemporary environmental issues will find it of interest as well. It reveals the organizational aspects of the emerging profession of ecological restoration, including its relationships with related fields. And it looks to the future. This book provides a strategy to address issues of ecological degradation, biodiversity loss, and sustainability science simultaneously, and draws upon cultural resources and local knowledge and skills to do so. It is highly compatible with, and informed by the broader concept and the strategy of Restoring Natural Capital.

Virtual Field Trips

This is not your regular book. Its sequence of chapters is interrupted by Virtual Field Trips. These are concise, independent photo-essays of different project sites that illustrate various points that are made in the book. Through these chapters, readers can travel the world and see some of the ecological work being undertaken

Additional Features

The book builds on and develops the Society for Ecological Restoration International’s Primer of Ecological Restoration (, of which Clewell and Aronson were among the three principle authors. It also includes the updated SER Guidelines document which Clewell wrote with John Munro and John Stanley, and which has never before appeared in print.

Available from Island Press as part of the book series
"The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration"

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