The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is “to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture”. The Society is infused with the energy of over 2000 members – individuals and organizations who are actively engaged in ecologically-sensitive repair and management of ecosystems through an unusually broad array of experience, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives. They are scientists, planners, designers, administrators, practitioners, consultants, researchers, students, indigenous peoples, landscape architects, philosophers, teachers, engineers, natural areas managers, nursery workers, community activists, writers and volunteers, among others.
Founded in 1988, SER now boasts members in over 40 countries and all 50 states, with 14 chapters serving regions of North America, England, Europe, Australia and India. SER International is a registered not-for-profit organization under Section 501 (c) 3 of the US Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. Recognized by the public and private sectors as the preeminent source of expertise on ecological restoration science, practice, and policy, the Society achieves many of its objectives through collaborations with partner organizations and international bodies such as the IUCN, CBD, and Ramsar.
SER does not itself engage in ecological restoration projects but serves the growing field of ecological restoration by promoting and supporting the work of practitioners; encouraging research that furthers the goals of this work; creating awareness of, and public support for, ecological restoration as a means of conservation and sustainable development; contributing to public policy discussions at the national and international level; recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of restoration; and promoting ecological restoration around the globe through:
Regional and World Conferences – where academics, practitioners, and students come together to exchange ideas and information, and participate in workshops, fieldtrips and other educational activities.
Journals – Restoration Ecology, a peer-reviewed journal published by SER since 1993 – which highlights cutting-edge research on restoration principles and techniques. SER’s associated journal Ecological Restoration is an indispensable guide for practitioners in the field.
SER/Island Press Book Series – the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration – now contains 18 important titles devoted to advancing restoration science and practice as well as promoting their integration with the conservation sciences.
Restoration Networks – like the Indigenous Peoples’ Restoration Network (IPRN), Global Restoration Network (GRN), and Community Restoration Network (CRN) – that are fast becoming the heart of this emerging field now recognized as an essential tool in addressing our global environmental crisis.
Websites, Newsletter & RESTORE E-Bulletin – which continue to evolve as important forums for communication, outreach, and the exchange of vital information.
Committees & Working Groups – like Science and Policy, Publications, Awards, and Education & Training – provide leadership opportunities within the Society and steer many of its programs.
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