Ecological restoration is a powerful strategy for reversing biodiversity loss, increasing the provision of ecosystem services, and contributing to sustainable livelihoods. What makes restoration uniquely valuable is its inherent capacity to provide people with the opportunity not only to repair ecological damage, but also to improve the human condition (SER/IUCN 2004). By ensuring and enhancing the provisioning, regulating and cultural services provided by ecosystems (MA 2005), ecological restoration holds significant potential for increasing economic benefits, strengthening communities, and giving hope where it has been lost (TEEB 2010).
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is an international NGO comprised of individuals and partner organizations from around the world who are actively engaged in the repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems utilizing a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives. SER is positioned at the critical interface between science and practice in order to support and promote participatory, knowledge-based restoration projects and programs around the world. SER´s mission is to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. SER´s primary focus is to advance the science and practice of ecological restoration as a tool for recovering biodiversity and ecosystem services, and thereby addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing humanity and the biosphere, including climate change by increasing carbon storage capacity, global thermal reflectance, and ecosystem resilience.