Integrating plant- and animal- based perspectives for more effective restoration of biodiversity

C. Mcalpine, C.P. Catterall, R. Mac Nally, D. Lindenmayer, J.L. Reid, K.D. Holl, A.F. Bennett, R.K. Runting, K. Wilson, Richard Hobbs, L. Seabrook, S. Cunningham, A. Moilanen, M. Maron, L. Shoo, I. Lunt, P. Vesk, L. Rumpff, T.G. Martin, J. ThomsonH. Possingham

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    Abstract

    © The Ecological Society of America. Ecological restoration of modified and degraded landscapes is an important challenge for the 21st century, with potential for major gains in the recovery of biodiversity. However, there is a general lack of agreement between plant- and animal- based approaches to restoration, both in theory and practice. Here, we review these approaches, identify limitations from failing to effectively integrate their different perspectives, and suggest ways to improve outcomes for biodiversity recovery in agricultural landscapes. We highlight the need to strengthen collaboration between plant and animal ecologists, to overcome disciplinary and cultural differences, and to achieve a more unified approach to restoration ecology. Explicit consideration of key ecosystem functions, the need to plan at multiple spatial and temporal scales, and the importance of plant-animal interactions can provide a bridge between plant- and animal- based methods. A systematic approach to restoration planning is critical to achieving effective biodiversity outcomes while meeting long- term social and economic needs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)37-45
    JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2016

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    Mcalpine, C., Catterall, C. P., Mac Nally, R., Lindenmayer, D., Reid, J. L., Holl, K. D., Bennett, A. F., Runting, R. K., Wilson, K., Hobbs, R., Seabrook, L., Cunningham, S., Moilanen, A., Maron, M., Shoo, L., Lunt, I., Vesk, P., Rumpff, L., Martin, T. G., ... Possingham, H. (2016). Integrating plant- and animal- based perspectives for more effective restoration of biodiversity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(1), 37-45. https://doi.org/10.1002/16-0108.1