Ecological Restoration: Global Challenges, Social Aspects and Environmental Benefits


Series: Environmental Remediation Technologies, Regulations and Safety
BISAC: SCI026000

This book consists of fourteen chapters covering important aspects in regards to various terrestrial ecosystems, wetlands, river systems, mine site rehabilitation, marsh ecology and heavy metals pollution. The authors were carefully selected from multiple countries, and this edited book aims to fill some of the information gaps in ecological restoration, particularly in under-researched ecosystems around the world.

Our intended readership includes: planners of projects to restore and manage degraded ecosystems; practitioners who implement those plans; resource managers who oversee the sites; land management consultants; environmental authorities; and conservationists and students of natural resource management. We also hope that researchers and the public can find valued information for their future use and efforts. We hope that our work can bring scientists and policy-makers together to envision a sustainable future for ecosystem health and productivity management.

(Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction



Scope and Purpose

About the Editor

Part II. Theoretical Underpinnings

Chapter 1. Ecological Restoration: Global Challenges, Social Aspects and Environmental Benefits: An Overview
(Victor R. Squires, International Dryland Management Consultant, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 2. Sustaining Ecological Restoration through Social Transformation
(Ernita van Wyk, Bimo Nkhata, Charles Breen, Wayne Freimund, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg South Africa)

Part III. Restoration of Grossly Disturbed Landscapes

Chapter 3. Restoration, Reclamation, Remediation and Rehabilitation of Mining Sites: Which Path do we take through the Regulatory Maze?
(Amy Yeldell and Victor R. Squires, Independent Consultant, Rifle, Colorado, USA, and others)

Chapter 4. What Part of Mining are Ecosystems? Defining Success for the ‘Restoration’ of Highly Disturbed Landscapes
(D. Doley, P. Audet, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, University of Queensland, Australia, and others)

Chapter 5. Role of Microbes and Plants in Phytoremediation: Potential of Genetic Engineering
(Umesh B Jagtap, Vishwas A Bapat, Gaëlle Saladin, Ewa Chudziñska, Magdalena Krzes³owska, Ewa M. Pawlaczyk, Tayyaba Komal, Alvina G. Kazi, Irena Sherameti and Zeshan Ali, Department of Biotechnology, Shivaji University Vidyanagar, Kolhapur, India, and others)

Chapter 6. Heavy Metals in Contaminated Areas: Role of Chemicals to Enhance Phytoextraction
(Muhammad Abdullah, Tayyaba Komal, Alvina G. Kazi, A. Rodríguez-Vila, R. Forján, E.F. Covelo, Muhammad Shahbaz, Irena Sherameti and Zeshan Ali, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and others)

Part IV. Degraded Terrestrial Ecosystems

Chapter 7. Restoration of Wildlands including Wilderness, Conservation Reserves and Rangelands
(Victor R. Squires, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China)

Chapter 8. Ecological Restoration on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Problems, Strategies and Prospects
(Zhanhuan Shang, Quanming Dong, Allan Degen, Ruijun Long, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China, and others)

Chapter 9. Potential and Constraints on Dryland Restoration: Case Studies from Iran
(Mohammad Jankju, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran)

Part V. Aquatic Systems (Wetlands, Ponds, Lakes, Rivers, Marine)

Chapter 10. Rehabilitation of Degraded Wetlands: UK Experience
(Charlie Stratford, and Mike Acreman, Wetland Center, UK)

Chapter 11. Restoration of Saltmarshes and Seagrass Ecosystems: South Australian Case Studies
(Doug Fotheringham, Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 12. Ecosystem Restoration in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: The Challenge for the Basin Plan
(Barry Hart, Bill Johnson, Jo Kneebone and Michael Wilson, Water Science Pty Ltd, Echuca, Australia, and others)

Part VI. Unifying Perspectives

Chapter 13. Restorative Futures for Social-Ecological Systems in Changing Times
(David J. Brunckhorst, and E. Jamie Trammell, UNESCO Center for Bioregional Resource Management, Armidale, Australia, and others)

Chapter 14. Concluding Thoughts on Ecological Restoration: Global Challenges, Social Aspects and Environmental Benefits
(Victor R. Squires, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China)

Author and Subject Index

Additional Information

Audience: Restoration Ecologists, mine site environmental officers, upper classmen, graduate students, ;policy makers in Natural Resource management


Click here, to read the review by – James Blignaut, Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Click here to read the book review by – Elahe Karami, M.Sc Student, Department of Rangeland Management, Young Researchers Club, Boroujerd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd

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