biological diversity, biotic communities, education, extinct birds, genetic conservation, islands, management, nature conservation, revegetation

Presidential-Address—Opportunities for Ecological Restoration

Ecological restoration is defined as active intervention and management to restore biotic communities that were formerly present at a particular place and time. Examples are given from both New Zealand and overseas of a variety of different restoration projects. The possibility is raised of replacing some animal species extinct in New Zealand with related living forms from other countries. The arguments for devoting resources to ecological restoration include creation of educational assets, aesthetic benefits, and scientific opportunities.