A number of key references on restoration and botanic gardens are provided below. Further information on ecosystem restoration is also available from the toolkit for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Relevant GSPC targets are Target 4 and Target 8.
Elliot, S., Blakesley, D. and Hardwick, K. (2013). Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, UK.
Restoring Tropical Forests is a user-friendly and globally relevant practical guide to restoring forests throughout the tropics. Based on the concepts, knowledge and innovative techniques developed at Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit, this book will enable substantial improvements in existing forest restoration projects and provide a key resource to enable new ones.
The book presents three aspects of the restoration of tropical forest ecosystems for biodiversity recovery and environmental protection. Firstly, the general concepts of tropical forest dynamics and regeneration that are relevant to the practice of effective tropical forest restoration are covered. This is followed by proven restoration techniques and case studies of their successful application, and research methods to refine such techniques and adapt them to local ecological and socio-economic situations.
344 pages, 160 colour photos, 100 line drawings and 14 maps. Paperback.
NB. French and Spanish editions are also available
Available for purchase from Kew Books
Oldfield, S. and Newton, A.C. (2012). Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Richmond, UK
This reference manual has been developed to support the integrated conservation of threatened tree species by botanic gardens and arboreta. It is aimed at the staff and associates of the world’s botanic gardens, and is designed to help the development, planning and implementation of conservation activities focusing on tree species.
This manual builds on A handbook for botanic gardens on the reintroduction of plants to the wild published by BGCI in 1995 (Akeroyd and Wyse Jackson, 1995) and reflects the increasing imperative to restore and conserve damaged ecosystems. It draws on both the scientific literature and on practical experiences gained in tree conservation projects from around the world.
The manual first briefly considers why tree species should be conserved and restored, and how integrated approaches to conservation can be developed. A step-by-step guide is then provided to support the design and practical implementation of integrated conservation approaches.
While this manual can only serve as a brief introduction to what is a large and complex subject, it is hoped that it will both facilitate and encourage botanic gardens and land management agencies to develop integrated conservation activities focusing on tree species.
NB. Spanish edition is also available
Copies can be requested and downloaded from the BGCI website
Paddy Woodworth (2013)
In this multifaceted volume, Woodworth provides an introduction to the relatively new discipline of ecological restoration, which describes and puts into practice means of rejuvenating the natural, and in some cases human, environment of specific locales. Woodworth describes exciting projects from all over the globe, ranging from forest preserve restoration in the Chicago metropolitan area and biodiversity restoration efforts across Western Australia to two separate endeavors in his native Ireland to restore forests and bogs.
It is clear that ecological renewal requires locally specific methodologies and that no project is rapidly accomplished or perhaps ever free from the need for continuing human intervention. Woodworth's discussions of the various projects illustrate that ecological restoration is as much sociology as hard science, involving deep questions about humanity's proper role in caring for and participating in local ecologies. Indeed, Woodworth's penultimate chapter addresses these questions by comparing and evaluating the thought of three leading figures in the movement: James Aronson, Richard Hobbs, and Bill Jordan. Woodworth provides delightful descriptive passages about his travels, which balance the theory-heavy sections.
An important text for scientists and policy makers as well as laypersons with an interest in supporting biodiversity on our planet.
University of Chicago Press