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Renewal ecology: conservation for the Anthropocene


Bowman, DMJS and Garnett, ST and Barlow, S and Bekessy, SA and Bellairs, SM and Bishop, MJ and Bradstock, RA and Jones, DN and Maxwell, SL and Pittock, J and Toral-Granda, MV and Watson, JEM and Wilson, T and Zander, KK and Hughes, L, Renewal ecology: conservation for the Anthropocene, Restoration Ecology, 25, (5) pp. 674-680. ISSN 1061-2971 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/rec.12560


The global scale and rapidity of environmental change is challenging ecologists to reimagine their theoretical principles and management practices. Increasingly, historical ecological conditions are inadequate targets for restoration ecology, geographically circumscribed nature reserves are incapable of protecting all biodiversity, and the precautionary principle applied to management interventions no longer ensures avoidance of ecological harm. In addition, human responses to global environmental changes, such as migration, building of protective infrastructures, and land use change, are having their own negative environmental impacts. We use examples from wildlands, urban, and degraded environments, as well as marine and freshwater ecosystems, to show that human adaptation responses to rapid ecological change can be explicitly designed to benefit biodiversity. This approach, which we call "renewal ecology," is based on acceptance that environmental change will have transformative effects on coupled human and natural systems and recognizes the need to harmonize biodiversity with human infrastructure, for the benefit of both.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:biodiversity, climate, environmental change, innovation, opportunity, social-ecological systems
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:127573
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2018-08-03
Last Modified:2018-08-03

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