Efforts to connect science and restoration
In a recent publication in the journal Conservation Letters, researchers acknowledge the gap between scientific research and conservation practice and discuss ways to close this gap. This gap exists for many reasons. First, conservation efforts are often at much larger scales than scientific studies can reasonably take place and there is limited funding to involve scientific researchers in restoration projects. In addition, funding and personal limits may hinder the ability to conduct long-term monitoring of these restoration projects. Grants available for restoration and conservation often cover the implementation of projects and not long-term monitoring. The authors of this recent article describe efforts to better connect practitioners with researchers to increase the health and biodiversity of conservation areas while increasing the success rate of restoration projects.
As part of this work, the research team is conducting an online survey of organizations to better understand practitioners understanding of ecosystem biodiversity and how this knowledge influences restoration practices. The team hopes that efforts to connect science and restoration practice will provide the foundation to scale-up these efforts at the level needed for successful conservation.
1. A. Randall Hughes, Jonathan H. Grabowski, Heather M. Leslie, Steven Scyphers, Susan L. Williams. Inclusion of Biodiversity in Habitat Restoration Policy to Facilitate Ecosystem Recovery. Conservation Letters, 2017; DOI: 10.1111/conl.12419