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Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration

Integrating Science, Nature, and Culture

Egan, Dave, Hjerpe, Evan E., Abrams, Jesse (Eds.)

2011, XX, 412p.


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  • Book offers examples of importance of “human dimensions” to effective restoration projects that can be used in promotion materials
  • Lead editor is well-known in the restoration field, he has been a member of SER since the early days of the organization
  • The book sheds new light on ways to solve problems that restoration practitioners face frequently: how to integrate human values into restoration projects and how to increase the understanding of ecological restoration among the general public

When it comes to implementing successful ecological restoration projects, the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions are often as important as-and sometimes more important than-technical or biophysical knowledge.
Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration takes an interdisciplinary look at the myriad human aspects of ecological restoration. In twenty-six chapters written by experts from around the world, it provides practical and theoretical information, analysis, models, and guidelines for optimizing human involvement in restoration projects. Six categories of social activities are examined:

    • collaboration between land manager and stakeholders
    • ecological economics
    • volunteerism and community-based restoration
    • environmental education
    • ecocultural and artistic practices
    • policy and politics
For each category, the book offers an introductory theoretical chapter followed by multiple case studies, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of the category and provides a perspective from within a unique social/political/cultural setting. 
Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration delves into the often-neglected aspects of ecological restoration that ultimately make the difference between projects that are successfully executed and maintaned with the support of informed, engaged citizens, and those that are unable to advance past the conceptual stage due to misunderstandings or apathy. The lessons contained will be valuable to restoration veterans and greenhorns alike, scholars and students in a range of fields, and individuals who care about restoring their local lands and waters.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ecological restoration - Human dimensions - Island Press - Social science - Volunteers

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Management - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 



Eric Higgs

1. Why People Matter in Ecological Restoration

Dave Egan, Evan E. Hjerpe, and Jesse Abrams

PART I. Participation: Volunteers

2. Restoration and Stewardship Volunteerism

Marty Lee and Paul Hancock

3. From Adversity to Diversity: The Cape Florida Project

Kellie Westervelt

4. Restoring Coasts and Connections on a Southern Australian Coastline

Matthew Fox

5. Inclusive Urban Ecological Restoration in Toronto, Canada

Allegra Newman

PART II. Participation: Collaboration

6. Public Participation and Socioecological Resilience

Javier Escalera Reyes

7. Collaboration: A Catalyst for Restoration

Nils D. Christoffersen

8. Community-Based Forest Management in Arcata, California

Mark S. Andre

9. Ecological Restoration as the Zone of Agreement in Southeast Alaska

Karen Hardigg

PART III. Power: Politics, Governance, and Planning

10. Toward a Political Ecology of Ecosystem Restoration

John C. Bliss and A. Paige Fischer

11. Ecological Restoration across Landscapes of Politics, Policy, and Property

David Brunckhorst

12. The Policy Context of theWhite Mountain Stewardship Contract

Jesse Abrams

13. Climate Change Implications for Ecological Restoration Planning

Mark Buckley and Ernie Niemi

PART IV. Power: Restoration Economics

14. Merging Economics and Ecology in Ecological Restoration

Yeon-Su Kim and Evan E. Hjerpe

15. The ARISE Project in South Africa

James Blignaut, Jotte van Ierland, Travor Xivuri, Rudi van Aarde, and James Aronson

16. Jobs and Community in Humboldt County, California

J. Mark Baker and Lenya N. Quinn-Davidson

17. Game Theory Tools for Improving Ecological Restoration Outcomes

Mark Buckley and Karen Holl

PART V. Perspective: Eco-cultural Restoration

18. Restoration and Reciprocity: The Contributions of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Robin Kimmerer

19. Implications of Landscape History and Cultural Severance for Restoration in England

Ian D. Rotherham

20. Eco-cultural Restoration of the Mesopotamian Marshes, Southern Iraq

Michelle Stevens with Dr. Hamid K. Ahmed

21. Environmental Art as Eco-cultural Restoration

Lillian Ball with Tim Collins, Reiko Goto, and Betsy Damon

PART VI. Perspective: Restoration-Based Education

22. Restoration-Based Education: Teach the Children Well

Elizabeth McCann

23. Great Plains Environmental Education: A Personal Reflection

William S. Whitney

24. Realizing the Educational Potential of Ecological Restoration

Kern Ewing and Warren Gold

25. Educating Teachers and Increasing Environmental Literacy

Rick Hall and Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong

26. Synthesis: Participation, Power, Perspective

Dave Egan, Jesse Abrams, and Evan E. Hjerpe

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