Friday, 27 January 2012

Assistance requested to assemble documents on ecological restoration

IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas is participating in a Reference Group to assist the CBD with its work on ecosystem restoration (also known as ecological restoration) for the upcoming COP 11 in October 2012. We seek your assistance in identifying publically available documents on ecosystem restoration that specifically refer to
(1) guidance or guidelines,

Compile the information on practical guidance or guidelines developed by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector, indigenous and local communities, and academic and research institutions for the restoration of specific landscapes, ecosystems, habitats, and their components; and identify gaps, if any, and suggest ways for filling those gaps;

Consolidate the existing guidance to address the needs of, and prepare materials for different targeted end-users such as policymakers, implementing agencies, and on-the-ground practitioners, including indigenous and local communities;

(2) tools and technologies,

Compile information on all relevant tools and technologies, including lessons learned (both positive and negative), and experiences used at different spatial scales and for specific ecosystems and make this information available to support:

(i) Informed decision-making on ecosystem-restoration policy,legislation, and regulation;

(ii) Use of best practices for ecosystem restoration among implementing agencies; and

(iii) The effective design, implementation, and monitoring ofecosystem restoration projects/programmes on the ground;

Compile information on the application of new and emerging technologies [such as synthetic biology] among others for ecosystem restoration;

(3) most used terms and their definitions.

Compile the most used definitions/descriptions of key terms and highlight their links to targets 14 and 15 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and targets 4 and 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation


The details of this request for information are contained in Paragraph 2 the CBD SBSTTA15 recommendation (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/REC/XV/2),

http://www.cbd.int/doc/recommendations/sbstta-15/sbstta-15-rec-02-en.pdf.

These documents may address any spatial scale or ecosystem type, as well as a variety of targeted end users such as policymakers, implementing agencies and practitioners on the ground, including local and indigenous communities and industries and other economic sectors.

Your attention to this request and your help are greatly appreciated. Your input and contributions in commonly used formats such PDFs, Word doc, URL, etc. can be directed to Sasha Alexander (sasha@ser.org ) at the Society for Ecological Restoration who is coordinating this important task.

The deadline for contributions is February 10, 2012