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ReNo

Restoration of damaged ecosystems in the Nordic countries

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The ReNo network has consolidated knowledge on ecological restoration work in the Nordic region and facilitated exchange of this knowledge within and between the Nordic countries. Scientific papers, reports on the status of restoration, guidebooks on restoration, and analyses of ecological restoration in the area have been published as a result of the network. Ecosystem degradation is a problem in all the Nordic countries, but varies in nature, severity and scale between the countries. In order to counteract present and past ecological degradation, all the Nordic countries emphasise ecological restoration, but to various degrees. Ecological restoration has the potential to make a critical contribution for the benefit of the global environment and human living conditions. The ReNo network recommends that this important activity should be prioritized in Nordic environmental policy.

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Project overview

The aims of the ReNo network were to: (a) enhance knowledge and professional skills in ecosystem restoration in the Nordic countries, (b) increase awareness of the importance and the potential of ecosystem restoration for environmental quality and nature conservation, (c) develop multidisciplinary paradigms for ecosystem restoration in order to increase the effectiveness of restoration projects, (d) identify potential knowledge gaps and, if needed, design new research programmes and (e) provide recommendations for improved policy instruments. These aims were approached through the following steps:

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