Why is evidence important in restoration?
Evidence-based restoration, in which decisions about what actions to take are based on the best-available scientific evidence, can lead to more effective restoration and ultimately better outcomes for biodiversity. Consulting the scientific evidence before undertaking restoration actions can increase effectiveness and improve value for money, by ensuring failures are not repeated and lessons are learned.
However, it can be difficult and time consuming to access and synthesise the available evidence for the wide range of restoration actions that exist. Therefore, the Endangered Landscapes Programme has partnered with Conservation Evidence to establish the Restoration Evidence platform, which aims to improve the availability and accessibility of evidence for the effectiveness of restoration interventions.
Conservation Evidence is a free online resource that allows practitioners, managers and policy makers to access the latest and most relevant ecological knowledge. The website provides accessible summaries of the evidence of the effectiveness of nearly 2,400 different conservation and restoration actions, categorised by their target habitat or species (example shown below).
How to find Restoration Evidence
In order to search for evidence relating to a wide range of restoration actions, firstly visit the Conservation Evidence website.
There, either use the search box or browse by the habitat or species of interest. This will retrieve a list of possible actions, along with a summary of the available evidence for whether each one is effective (example shown below).
Free pdfs synopses of the evidence for all actions to restore or conserve a particular habitat or species are also available to download from the Conservation Evidence website, including:
Information about the aims, methods and sources of evidence is also available.
Consulting the Conservation Evidence database can act as a starting point to identify potential restoration actions and assess their effectiveness. This evidence can then be incorporated into decision making about what actions to take, in the context of the target area or species to be restored.
The Restoration Evidence project is actively looking for ways to improve the availability and accessibility of the evidence available for restoration, including incorporating evidence into practical guidance.