In just the last half-century more than half of all mangrove forests were lost to development. People have tried to plant new forests-but as detailed in a newRestoration Ecologypaper on the failure of restoration efforts in Sri Lanka, planting mangroves involves much more than putting seedlings in the ground (via Anthropocene Magazine).
A huge portion of the 1,400-mile structure has now suffered severe damage for the second straight year-and scientists blame climate change.Terry Hughes,SER2017Keynote Speaker and the lead author of the recent study says the problems are serious, but it's not too late(via National Geographic).
Scientists have created an interactive decision support table that restoration professionals can use to choose strategies and goals that best boost climate change resilience in the systems in which they're working (via Ensia).
What started as an idea by 16 researchers who met in 2010 has grown to more than 2,500 members made up of students, technicians, consultants, people interested in ecological restoration and researchers.
Author Robin Hale discusses his Review paper with Stephen Swearer 'When good animals love bad restored habitats: how maladaptive habitat selection can constrain restoration' (via The Applied Ecologist's Blog).