IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN CEM Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group

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Overview and description

Description:
IUCN CEM’s Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group (ERTG) improves local-to-global ecosystem restoration by contributing technical guidance and translating restoration science into practice. Towards this ...
IUCN CEM’s Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group (ERTG) improves local-to-global ecosystem restoration by contributing technical guidance and translating restoration science into practice. Towards this end, IUCN CEM’s Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group Works to improve the capacity for high-quality ecosystem restoration by: Contributing technical guidance to a) CEM Thematic and Specialist Groups, Task Forces and Partners, b) IUCN programmes and members; and c) the global restoration community; and Hosting and promoting activities and events that help translate ecological restoration science into practice.

Group leadership

Dr Cara NELSON

Lead
Cara is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at University of Montana’s Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Her research program generates knowledge ...
Cara is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at University of Montana’s Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Her research program generates knowledge about ecological processes associated with ecosystem degradation and repair and innovates that knowledge into prescriptions for restorative interventions. Towards these ends, Cara and her students study the effects of large-scale disturbance on vegetation dynamics, the efficacy and ecological impacts of ecological restoration, and the science behind the selection of native plant materials. Cara has contributed to the conceptual basis of restoration by co-authoring principles and standards for nature-based solutions, ecosystem restoration, ecological restoration and rewilding. In addition to her position at the University, Cara leads the Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and is a past Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration. She received the Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research Award from the USDA Forest Service, the John Rieger Award for contributions to the Society for Ecological Restoration, and a Fulbright Scholarship for forest restoration research in Chile.

Dr Emanuela W A WEIDLICH

Co-Lead

I am a Brazilian ecologist, with a master in forestry engineering, and a PhD in Natural Sciences. I did my Bachelor and master’s degree in Brazil, while my PhD was done in Germany. My professional ...

I am a Brazilian ecologist, with a master in forestry engineering, and a PhD in Natural Sciences. I did my Bachelor and master’s degree in Brazil, while my PhD was done in Germany. My professional records involve both, scientific research, and teaching experience in Brazil, England, USA and Germany. I have experience with research that integrates ecological theories and practices to sustain restoration and conservation, in both, temperate grasslands and tropical forests (for 15 years). Currently, I am a Lecturer at the Institute of Ecology at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN CEM Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group
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