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Founded in 1987, the Society for Ecological Restoration is a global community of restoration professionals that includes researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and community leaders from Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and the Americas. SER members are actively engaged in the ecologically sensitive repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems utilizing a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives.
Drawing from this diverse expertise, SER works at the international, regional, and national levels partnering with government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and the private sector to advance the science and practice of ecological restoration for the benefit of biodiversity, ecosystems, and humans. The Society provides a robust and dynamic platform through which to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, networking, research, and policy discussions among the many actors and interests it represents.
Connecting and Informing the Global Restoration Community
SER is positioned at the critical interface between restoration science and practice and actively promotes participatory, knowledge-based approaches to restoration. SER serves its members, partners, and the field at large by:
Advancing Policy: SER released its groundbreaking publication the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in December 2016. These standards provide much-needed guidance for countries working to plan and implement restoration programs under a growing number of international commitments to restore degraded lands. In addition to producing technical guidance, SER helps guide and inform policy discussions through collaborations with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).
Facilitating Communication and Networking: SER’s Chapters, Sections and Student Associations provide high-quality local and regional networking opportunities. SER also organizes biennial world conferences, regional chapter meetings and workshops where scientists, practitioners, community leaders, and students come together to exchange ideas, showcase their work and forge new alliances.
Sharing Information and Knowledge: SER publishes the peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology, which highlights the results of restoration projects worldwide as well as conceptual advances and new perspectives in the field. SER also publishes the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration book series in partnership with Island Press, which now includes 28 titles.
Training: SER is in the final stages of developing an ecological restoration practitioner certification program projected to launch in late 2016. This certification program will ensure that people working in the field can be credentialed based on a combination of their academic and field experience. Once launched, SER certification will also allow for the creation of sub-programs for people to receive credentials for understanding the foundations of restoration ecology, especially through workshops and trainings associated with the international extension program.