Plant and Soil

, Volume 330, Issue 1–2, pp 15–18 | Cite as

Restoration of OCBILs in south-western Australia: Response to Hopper

  • Rachel J. Standish
  • Richard J. Hobbs
Regular Article


In an authoritative review on biodiversity conservation in old, climatically buffered infertile landscapes (OCBILs) Hopper (2009) recently argued that Cramer et al. (2008) were ‘overly pessimistic’ to suggest that restoration of historical ecosystems on some old-fields of OCBILs in south-western Australia was unlikely. Here, we argue that this view was realistic rather than pessimistic, and that the conservation of OCBIL biota requires both a radical shift in the willingness of society to make the investment that is currently necessary to restore historical floristically rich OCBILs and further research to find more cost-effective options for broadscale restoration. Advancing the science and practice of ecological restoration in this landscape requires acknowledgement of current constraints. Ultimately, an approach that combines restoration and conservation is required to ensure the persistence of OCBIL biodiversity in the face of ongoing degradation and climate change.


Ancient landscapes Biodiversity conservation Broadscale restoration Climate change Infertile soils Plant-soil interactions Recalcitrant species 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Plant Biology, M084, The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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