Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Why People Matter in Ecological Restoration

    1. Dave Egan, Evan E. Hjerpe, Jesse Abrams
      Pages 1-19
  3. Participation: Volunteers

  4. Participation: Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-78
    2. Javier Escalera Reyes
      Pages 79-92
    3. Nils D. Christoffersen
      Pages 93-105
  5. Power: Politics, Governance, and Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. John C. Bliss, A. Paige Fischer
      Pages 135-148
    3. Mark Buckley, Ernie Niemi
      Pages 177-187
  6. Power: Restoration Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-190
    2. Yeon-Su Kim, Evan E. Hjerpe
      Pages 191-206
    3. James Blignaut, Jotte van Ierland, Travor Xivuri, Rudi van Aarde, James Aronson
      Pages 207-219
    4. J. Mark Baker, Lenya N. Quinn-Davidson
      Pages 221-237
  7. Perspective: Eco-cultural Restoration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-256
    2. Michelle Stevens, Hamid K. Ahmed
      Pages 289-298
    3. Lillian Ball, Tim Collins, Reiko Goto, Betsy Damon
      Pages 299-312
  8. Perspective: Restoration-Based Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-314
    2. Rick Hall, Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong
      Pages 363-373
    3. Dave Egan, Jesse Abrams, Evan E. Hjerpe
      Pages 375-383
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 385-410

About this book


When it comes to implementing successful ecological restoration projects, the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions are often as important as-and sometimes more important than-technical or biophysical knowledge.
Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration takes an interdisciplinary look at the myriad human aspects of ecological restoration. In twenty-six chapters written by experts from around the world, it provides practical and theoretical information, analysis, models, and guidelines for optimizing human involvement in restoration projects. Six categories of social activities are examined:

    • collaboration between land manager and stakeholders
    • ecological economics
    • volunteerism and community-based restoration
    • environmental education
    • ecocultural and artistic practices
    • policy and politics
For each category, the book offers an introductory theoretical chapter followed by multiple case studies, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of the category and provides a perspective from within a unique social/political/cultural setting. 
Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration delves into the often-neglected aspects of ecological restoration that ultimately make the difference between projects that are successfully executed and maintaned with the support of informed, engaged citizens, and those that are unable to advance past the conceptual stage due to misunderstandings or apathy. The lessons contained will be valuable to restoration veterans and greenhorns alike, scholars and students in a range of fields, and individuals who care about restoring their local lands and waters.


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