Shifting restoration’s mindset away from the ‘Garden of Eden’

There has been a recent recommendation to set restoration baselines as pre-degradation ecological communities. However this is a nostalgic aspiration, akin to restoring the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is unrealistic, expensive and does not acknowledge ecosystem change. Restoration should respond to the current drivers of biodiversity loss by addressing declines in ecosystem function and provisioning of ecosystem services.

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Local is not always best

The use of local seed is widely advocated for habitat restoration and is based on the premise that locally sourced seed will be the best adapted for the local conditions at restoration sites.

However, a ‘local is best’ seed sourcing practise (where seed for planting establishment is only sourced from native habitat within a few km of the restoration site) misses two important points, which may be seriously impacting on restoration outcomes, particularly resilience in the face of future environmental and climate change.

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Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference

Prof Andy Lowe celebrates the success of the Fourth International Barcord of Life Conference in 2011, and the implementation of barcoding technologies across industries in Australia.

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TEDxAdelaide – DNA Barcoding for Biodiversity

Biodiversity and ecosystems provide us with clean air, water, and access to food.

However we don’t really know much about the basic building blocks of biodiversity.

How many species are there on earth? 10 million? What does this mean for humans? Over 250 years we’ve probably found and named approximately 1 million species, approx 10% of the biodiversity on earth.

At the same time the rate of intinction is increasing.

We’re going to need some help.

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Biodiversity corridors

The Environment Institute talks to Professor Andy Lowe, Director of the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology, the University of Adelaide.

Prof Lowe gives an overview of how biodiversity corridors can help ease species strain due to fragmented native habitats.

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