Shifting restoration’s mindset away from the ‘Garden of Eden’

Biodiversity Revolution

garden of edenThere has been a recent recommendation to set restoration baselines as pre-degradation ecological communities. However this is a nostalgic aspiration, akin to restoring the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is unrealistic, expensive and does not acknowledge ecosystem change. Restoration should respond to the current drivers of biodiversity loss by addressing declines in ecosystem function and provisioning of ecosystem services.

AdametÈveauParadisTerrestrebyWenzelPeter, showingwonderfulbiodiversitybutanunrealisticideal.

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