Restoration priorities and strategies

Restoration to protect biodiversity and enhance green infrastructure: Nordic examples of priorities and needs for strategic solutions

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Restoration is a tool to achieve several of the strategic targets of The Convention on Biological Diversity from 2010. Currently, there is no standard for how to set priorities for restoration. The aim of this project was to exchange knowledge between the Nordic countries and Estonia regarding experiences of restoration and priority setting with a landscape perspective. Using case examples, the project explores and discusses approaches for setting priorities, and suggests possible ways of improved approaches for prioritization. This includes how to improve Green Infrastructure and measures for protection of species and habitats in fragmented landscapes. The case examples use different approaches, and provide ideas, reflections and take-home messages to enhance future prioritization. This report show that there is a need for greater emphasis on the prioritization aspects of restoration.



Conclusions and take-home messages

This report has shown that there is a need for more work that has a greater emphasis on the prioritization aspects of restoration. The strong need to develop prioritization approaches is a good indication of the difficulty of both planning and implementing proper cost-efficient restoration actions; if it was easy, we would most likely have made more progress by now. The need for restoration is increasing (due to further degradation of landscape and nature values). International and member states of the different biological conventions have sent political signals that support restoration as a tool to protect biodiversity and support ecosystem services. Restoration is also about to become a part of national policy in the Nordic countries and Estonia. In this diversity of interests and initiatives, there is a need for good models and strategies to support wise use of resources for the long-term protection of biodiversity. It is possible to restore and manage ecosystems without a priority plan, but then it is also more than likely that it will be very hard to achieve international and national ambitions. A clear strategy is essential to take the right decisions, to link restoration with other conservation tools, and to include a spatial component that supports the restoration of Green Infrastructure.


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