SER Europe Strategy 2021-2027:
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SERE Strategy 2021-2027 is now competed. Download the Strategy


1. Background and FAQS
2. Participation and process
3. Resulting documents (Updated 13.12.2021)

1. Background and FAQS

Why is the strategy being developed?

The European Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SERE) is seeking to renew its strategy, formerly developed for the period 2016-2021. The former SERE 2016-21 strategy focused on 4 strategic lines: Events, Tools, Policy and Governance. The proposed process for renewing the SERE strategy is to collectively review and evaluate the former strategy by taking into account what has been achieved, how the current context has changed and what future trends, as well as regional and political frameworks might change SERE’s work.

In which regional and political framework does the development of the SERE strategy fall?

The development of the new SERE strategy 2021-27 falls in the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration with its aim to facilitate global cooperation for the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems and to promote efforts by national governments, the private sector, NGOs and regular individuals. At the same time, the European Commission published a Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, with the aim to put EU biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030. One of its core commitments is to propose, by the end of 2021, a legally binding instrument setting EU targets to restore damaged ecosystems by 2030.

Who should be involved in SERE strategy development?

The SERE strategy will be developed following an iterative and participatory decision-making process involving – in different steps and at different times – all stakeholders directly or indirectly involved and concerned by the work of SERE. Stakeholders include the board of directors, cooperation networks, affiliated members, external key stakeholders, as well as followers and the interested public at large. A defined focus group, composed of mixed individuals will work through the strategy development process in consecutives workshops. Their reflexions will be fed by results from member surveys and votes, public polls and interviews with key stakeholders.

Who will moderate the process?

Mr. Marc Haering will act as facilitator of the strategy development process of SERE. Mr. Haering holds a diploma degree in Hydrology from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and a double master degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from the Technical University of Cologne and the University of Jordan in Amman. In his previous function as advisor within the Integrated Water Resources Management Program (AGIRE) of GIZ in Morocco, Mr. Haering was in charge of coordinating and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes for the sustainable use of water resources. In his current function as Independent Partner to LISODE, Mr. Haering provides analytical work and consulting services in the field of intersectoral coordination processes, stakeholder dialogue, communication and public participation.

What’s the outcome? How to use it and when to update it?

The outcome of each step will be documented and result in a proposal of the Strategy 2021-2027 for SERE, including an action plan defining operations, responsibilities, means and a time line for the implementation of the SERE strategy and the verification of achieved milestones over time.

2. Participation and Process

The co-creation process is designed as follows. The initial SERE survey was held until September 22nd:
A central part of the participation process will be a Focus Group composed of 5 members of the board of directors, 7 senior and junior members from academia, as well as 4 senior and junior professional members from the private and public sector will work through the strategy development process in two consecutive workshops. Their reflections will be fed by results from member surveys and votes, public polls and interviews with key stakeholders. The work group will meet twice on-line on the 6th and the 15th of October with a detailed workshop agenda each day, and to reach a joint proposal for SER Europe Strategy. The dedication for the work group will be on these two days, plus a little preparation in advance to the workshops and remote revision of results.
The Strategy Focus Group members were selected via an open call to all SER Europe members, and the final selection took into consideration gender, age, geographical distribution, and length of SERE membership. The Focus Group members have been: Elise Buisson, Rory Canavan, Jordi Cortina-Segarra, Kris Decleer, Stijn den Haan, Catherine Farrell, Simonetta Fraschetti, Cristina Gambi, Rodolfo Gentili, Jim Harris, Aveliina Helm, Sara Peláez Sanchez, Patricia Pinto da Silva, Patricia Rodríguez González, Marija Sabolić,  and Cristian Tetelea. Facilitator: Marc Haering; Support: Jordi Pietx.
The work of the focus group was complemented by an online survey to all members and interested non-members at the beginning of the process, and a second and more specific  members vote on strategic options developed by the focus group.

3. Resulting documents