SER Europe is keen to build partnerships with national or regional networks on ecological restoration and with thematic working groups focusing for example on the restoration of particular ecosystem types or species groups in Europe. In such way, SER Europe hopes to contribute to a more effective restoration community outreach and interaction across (1) possible language barriers between practitioners, policy people and scientists, (2) differences between national restoration policy cultures and socio-economic conditions and (3) multiple knowledge disciplines and topics in the theory and practice of ecological restoration.
REVER: the French restoration experts network
REVER or “Le Réseau d’échanges et de valorisation en écologie de la Restauration” has pretty much the same goals as SER Europe, but is restricted to France. They organize national conferences and other activities that link the French restoration community. In 2014 REVER became affiliated member of SER Europe. More information about REVER: http://www.reseau-rever.org (website in French). Contact person: Prof. Dr. Elise Buisson, elise.buisson(at)univ-avignon.fr.
SIRF: Italian Society of Forest Restoration
The Society is based in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Nature and Energy (DAFNE) of Tuscia University (Italy). SIRF was established in 2012 and aims at: (1) showing the illegal or incorrect actions in forest systems, chief causes of forests and environmental degradation; (2) promoting the application of the principles of forestry and environmental restoration; (3) promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of forest resources; (4) supporting the improvement of the quality of the forest and agricultural landscape. SIRF participates in research projects, provides consultancy, training and education and (co-)organizes meetings and conferences. SIRF became affiliated member of SER Europe in 2015. More information: http://www.sirf.it (website in Italian and English). Contact person: Prof. Dr. Bartolomeo Schirone, schirone(at)unitus.it
FBER: Finnish Board on Ecological Restoration
The Finnish Board on Ecological Restoration (FBER) is a national collaborative group consisting of managers, scientists, and experts working with habitat restoration and the management of cultural habitats. The group supports restoration and nature management actions both on state-owned and private land. Four expert groups work under the Steering Group: Peatland restoration expert group, Forest restoration expert group, Frehswater habitats restoration expert group and Semi-natural grassland expert group. The Restoration Board together with the expert groups e.g. prepares restoration handbooks and organizes seminars. The Restoration Board is coordinated by Metsähallitus and Finnish Environment Institute. Link to the Finnish web pages: http://www.metsa.fi/web/en/finnishboardonecologicalrestoration. Contact person: Jussi Päivinen, jussi.paivinen(at)metsa.fi.
University of Alicante
An agreement was signed on June 18th 2015 between SER Europe and the University of Alicante to facilitate the implementation of work placements of UA students. Academic work placements are training activities carried out by the students and supervised by the universities, with the purpose of completing their academic knowledge, facilitating their employability, the acquisition of professional competencies and skills, and their entrepreneurship. Under this framework, the student Jaume Tarí developed a M.Sc. thesis entitled An Ontology for Ecological Restoration. A tool for Knowledge Transfer. His work, which has been supervised by Jordi Cortina and J.J. Zubcoff, is a first step towards building an effective web search engine based on semantic searches. SER Europe invites members to promote such agreements and contribute to key aspects of SERE strategy. Contact person: Prof. Dr. Jordi Cortina, jordi(at)ua.es
Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre. The Spanish Association for Terrestrial Ecology (AEET) is the largest ecological society in Spain and a member of the European Ecological Federation. Its working group on Ecological Restoration has promoted knowledge exchange on issues related to this topic over the last decade.
The Dutch OBN Knowledge Network for Nature Restoration and Management is an independent and innovative platform where policy makers, site managers and scientists cooperate in the management and restoration of natural areas. The Network develops and disseminates knowledge to enhance nature quality management and conservation in the Dutch landscapes and in the Atlantic Region. Download the brochure with more information about OBN here (English). Website: http://www.natuurkennis.nl/ (in dutch). Contact person: Wim Wiersinga, w.wiersinga(at)vbne.nl