Conserving biodiversity through ecological restoration: the potential contributions of botanical gardens and arboreta

James S. Miller, Porter P. Lowry, James Aronson, Steve Blackmore, Kay Havens, Joyce Maschinski

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Abstract

In the face of ever-increasing destruction and degradation of ecosystems and landscapes worldwide, there is critical and growing need for ecological restoration to maintain both biodiversity and the quality and quantity of ecosystem services. The term holistic restoration has been used for efforts with these dual goals. Botanical gardens and arboreta often have the full range of skills and resources needed to accomplish ecological restoration, including the ability to identify the appropriate species composition of reference ecosystems, to plan and design succession strategies, to propagate and cultivate trees and other plants for successful reintroduction, to monitor the success of restoration, and to play an important role in education and capacity building and serve as advocates for ecological restoration as part of a new paradigm of sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-98
Number of pages2
JournalCandollea
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Botanical gardens
  • Ecological restoration
  • Natural capital
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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