When is open-endedness desirable in restoration projects?

Hughes, Francine M. R. and Adams, William M. and Stroh, Peter A. (2012) When is open-endedness desirable in restoration projects? Restoration Ecology, 20 (3). pp. 291-295. ISSN 1526-100X

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A low-intervention approach to restoration that also allows restoration outcomes to be framed as trajectories of ecosystem change can be described as ‘open-ended’ restoration. It is an approach that recognizes that long-term ecosystem behavior involves continual change at small and large spatial and temporal scales. There are a number of situations in which it is appropriate to adopt an open-ended approach to restoration including: in remote and large areas; where ecological limiting factors will be changed by future climates; where antecedent conditions cannot be replicated; where there are novel starting points for restoration; where restoration relies strongly on processes outside the restoration area; in inherently dynamic systems; where costs are high and where the public demands ‘wildness’. Where this approach is adopted managers need to explain the project and deal with public expectations and public risk. Monitoring biotic and abiotic components of the project are very important as an open-ended approach does not equate to ‘abandon and ignore it’.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: dynamic ecosystem processes, ecological trajectories, forward‐restoration, landscape‐scale, non‐equilibrium systems, novel ecosystems, open‐ended restoration
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2013 11:24
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:02
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/264052

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