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Reclaiming nature: eco-restoration of liminal spaces


Richardson, BJ, Reclaiming nature: eco-restoration of liminal spaces, Australian Journal of Environmental Law, 2 pp. 1-23. ISSN 2204-1613 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Past environmental damage is a major hindrance to sustainability, yet its restoration is a low priority of Australian environmental law compared to current and future impacts. The governance of eco-restoration is fragmented and incomplete, with little regulatory influence in regard to landscape or ecosystemscale restoration. In many cases eco-restoration is not viable because of irreparable environmental damage, and in a few cases - wild areas - it is generally less necessary. But in the extensive liminal spaces that have suffered some damage, restoration and better governance of it is needed. Remediation of old mines or brownfield sites the current focus of Australian eco-restoration law is not a useful precedent for ecosystem restoration of liminal landscapes. A number of fascinating biodiversity-focused restoration projects are underway across Australia, but are without a coherent governance framework that would enable such projects to likely have a more decisive and widespread impact. Some reforms could be undertaken to improve the legal framework for eco-restoration in Australia, especially in regard to terminology, goals and tools.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:109005
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2016-05-17
Last Modified:2016-08-08
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