Evidence-based restoration – launching a new tool

Restoration is not easy to achieve. To put back habitats where they have been lost, recreate functioning ecosystems, and attract key species to return takes a lot of hard work, and doesn’t always turn out as planned. That’s why the Endangered Landscapes Programme, in collaboration with Conservation Evidence, has launched a new website to help conservationists find scientific evidence about restoration strategies in just a few clicks. Restoration Evidence presents the information from www.conservationevidence.com that is relevant to restoration, making it easier for restoration managers to see what works to restore habitats. All the papers relating to a particular intervention (such as rewetting peatlands or scattering mosses) are collected and summarised, helping you to work out the likely effects of undertaking that intervention. So far the website has information on 439 different actions that you could take to restore biodiversity and ecosystem processes to peatlands, shrublands and forests, and the biodiversity that lives there, with plans to add many more habitats over the coming years (wetlands and grasslands are already underway). So if you’re keen to undertake evidence-based restoration (and why wouldn’t you be?) then head on over to www.restorationevidence.org and make restoration more effective.