SER2014 outcome: 2 open-source special issues published in 2016.

Two special issues from the SER2014 Conference were completed. Karel Prach and Anne Tolvanen put together the one entitled ‘ How can we restore biodiversity and ecosystem services in mining and industrial sites?’ for Environment Science and Pollution Research volume 23 number 14, containing 16 articles, and Anne Tolvanen and James Aronson coordinated ‘Ecological Restoration, ecosystem services and land use’ for Ecology and Society 21, containing 12 articles.

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Guidelines for Native Seed Production and Grassland Restoration.

Edited by Kathrin Kiehl, Anita Kirmer, Nancy Shaw & Sabine Tischew (2014)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 315 pages
ISBN 978-1-4438-5900-4
Price: £49.99

World-wide, the degradation and destruction of both natural and traditionally used semi-natural ecosystems is drastically increasing. Unfortunately, commercial seed mixtures, consisting of non-native species and genetically uniform cultivars, are widely used in grassland restoration, often with negative effects on biodiversity. Therefore, native species should be used in the ecological restoration of natural and semi-natural vegetation. This book compiles results from recent studies presented at a Special Session “Native seed production and use in restoration projects”, which was organised during the 8th European Conference on Ecological Restoration in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. The authors review the ecological and genetic aspects of seed propagation and species introduction both from a European and an American perspective, and discuss implications for the development of seed zones and for native seed production. Examples from different countries focus on native seed production in practice, and suggest different approaches for the certification of seed provenance. Best practice examples from Europe and the United States are used to indicate the advantages of using native seeds for ecological restoration of grasslands, field margins and sagebrush steppe. Finally, this volume also provides guidelines for the successful implementation of restoration projects for local authorities, landscape planners and NGOs in order to bridge gaps between research and practice. For full content of the book click ‘view extract’ on the following link.

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AVS themanr SER2012Special Issue Journal Applied Vegetation Science: Vol. 17 (2) 2014
Edited by Karel Prach and Klara Rehounkova

The special issue of the journal emerged from the 8th European Conference on Ecological Restoration held 9-14 September 2012 in České Budějovice (Budweis), Czech Republic. The special issue is devoted to one of many topics of the conference: Vegetation Dynamics in Ecological Restoration. The cover photo illustrates how spontaneous succession can be effective in restoration of coal mining spoil heaps (this one is 20 years old).

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Ecological restoration in the Czech Republic 
Edited by Ivana Jongepierová, Pavel Pešout, Jan Willem Jongepier & Karel Prach (2012)
Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic, 147 pages
ISBN 978-80-87457-32-0

The Czech Republic used to consist of a fine-scale mosaic of natural, semi-natural and anthropogenous ecosystems. However, this mosaic has been substantially disturbed in the second half of the 20th century under the communist regime. Many ecosystems were disturbed, degraded or destroyed.

In this publication, presented at the 8th European Conference of Ecological Restoration (České Budějovice, Czech Republic) , the authors discuss the possibilities of ecological restoration and present selected case studies concerning woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, mining sites, military training areas, and landscapes as a whole.  This nicely illustrated compilation offers a representative overview of ecological restoration efforts in the Czech Republic.

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Ecological Restoration in Flanders
Edited by Kris Decleer, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Belgium (2008)

Flanders is one of the most densely populated regions in the world and consequently its natural environment has been under large pressure. Ecological restoration has become more and more important in the Flemish nature conservation policy during the last two decades. In this beautifully illustrated book, presented at the 6th European Conference on Ecological Restoration (Ghent, Belgium), the results of 40 nature restoration projects in Flanders, both successes and failures, are discussed.

Many projects prove that ecological restoration can really work and deliver results up or even beyond expectations. On the other hand some critical reflections remain necessary. The major points of attention for a successful future restoration strategy are:

  • In densely populated regions it is beneficial to strive for mutual win-win projects with other forms of land use such as water management, military use, recreation, harbours, agriculture.
  • Prior to the execution of measures in the field, it is crucial to pin-point the ecological constraints (especially abiotics) and subsequent objectives and necessary measures on a scientific basis.
  • In order to enlarge public support for ecological restoration an appropriate communication strategy needs to be implemented from the beginning, besides instruments to compensate for any individual income loss.
  • More efforts are needed for monitoring afterwards, in order to increase knowledge and enable the proper adjustments if necessary

Reference: Decleer,K. (ed.) (2008). Ecological Restoration in Flanders (Belgium). Mededelingen van het Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek INBO.M.2008.04, 160 pp. ISBN 978-90-403-0278-7.

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