ecological restoration Articles

  • Microbe-assisted phytoremediation approach for ecological restoration of zinc mine spoil dump

    Mining is one of the sectors that impacts air, water and soil pollution. The various environmental problems that are associated with mining activities are deforestation, removal of fertile topsoil, unstable slopes prone to sliding and erosion, siltation of water bodies due to wash off of mineral overburden dumps, air pollution due to discharge of dust and noise pollution. The most effective means ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Opportunities and challenges of integrating ecological restoration into assessment and management of contaminated ecosystems

    Ecosystem restoration planning near the beginning of the site assessment and management process (“early integration”) involves consideration of restoration goals from the outset in developing solutions for contaminated ecosystems. There are limitations to integration that stem from institutional barriers, few successful precedents and limited availability of guidance. Challenges occur in ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Coordinating ecological restoration options analysis and risk assessment to improve environmental outcomes

    Ecological risk assessment as currently practiced has hindered consideration of ecosystem services endpoints and restoration goals in the environmental management process. Practitioners have created barriers between procedures to clean up contaminated areas and efforts to restore ecosystem functions. In this article, we examine linkages between contaminant risk assessment approaches and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Environmental restoration is big business

    Think environmental protection hurts business? You just might want to think again. In a study published last week at PLOS ONE, University of North Carolina land use and environmental planning faculty member Todd BenDor and colleagues calculated the dollars-and-cents impact of ...


    By Ensia

  • Restoration of heathland case study

    Dr Phil Putwain has undertaken research over a period of 30 years on the restoration of lowland and upland heathland landscapes following severe disturbance by development projects on uncolonised mineral substrates on marginal farmland. The research findings were applied to practical implementation of heathland restoration on a large scale at sites throughout Britain ranging from the Orkney ...

  • Ecologically-oriented enterprises in Hungary

    In this paper, we describe how we conducted in-depth empirical research about the value-background and coping strategies of ecologically-oriented enterprises in Hungary. It is a common belief that companies that have an ecological orientation are at a disadvantage on competitive markets because ethical and environmentally-friendly behaviour can generate costs and lessen competitive advantages. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A framework for establishing restoration goals for contaminated ecosystems

    As natural resources become increasingly limited, the value of restoring contaminated sites, both terrestrial and aquatic, becomes increasingly apparent. Traditionally, goals for remediation have been set prior to any consideration of goals for ecological restoration. The goals for remediation have focused on removing or limiting contamination while restoration goals have targeted the ultimate ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The suitable phosphorus concentration level for restoration by duckweed

    The suitable level of phosphorus concentration in waterbody was determined for the growth of duckweed. Lemna minor and Spirodela polyrhiza were cultured in medium containing five different phosphorus concentrations (0.01, 0.2, 0.5, 5 and 50 mg l−1). The increase of frond number, fresh weight, soluble protein, root length, peroxidase, catalase and malondialdehyde were measured. The two species of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The best way to restore environments in the face of climate change

    Florida’s Kissimmee River once flowed freely. Fish, birds and other wildlife dwelled in the wetlands it fed. But in the 1960s, spurred by public outrage over flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers straightened the winding waterway and turned it into a drainage canal. Flip forward a few decades and the river is returning — at least in part. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ...


    By Ensia

  • Remote monitors track river restoration success

    The Norfolk Rivers Trust has installed a remote river monitoring station that has been tracking water quality and flow before and after river restoration work at an area of ecological importance on the River Nar. Rising in chalk hills to the east of the village of Tittleshall, the river flows south for 2.5 km until it reaches Mileham, then predominately west for 39.5 km through the villages of ...


  • Haven or Hazard: The Ecology and Future of the Salton Sea

    The Salton Sea, the largest inland body of water in the state of California, lies 35 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the most arid regions in North America. With a surface elevation approximately 227 feet below that of the ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Suburban sprawl doesn’t have to be ecologically devastating

    As development gobbles up open space, conservationists take a fresh look at subdivisions with biodiversity in mind. Fort Collins, Colo., is a growing, vibrant college town with a typical American problem: Beyond its idyllic historic city center, cookie-cutter subdivisions are eating away at farm fields, ranches and forests. According to the ...


    By Ensia

  • Disentangling the multiple stressors acting on stream ecosystems to support restoration priorities

    Stream ecosystems may suffer from the effects of multiple stressors. Planning restoration actions without knowing the relative weight of each stressor might lead to disproportionately costly or ecologically meaningless measures. This is particularly relevant under the EU Water Framework Directive where economic considerations play a role in justifying exemptions from the overarching aim of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Integrated risk and recovery monitoring of ecosystem restorations on contaminated sites

    Ecological restorations of contaminated sites balance the human and ecological risks of residual contamination with the benefits of ecological recovery and the return of lost ecological function and ecosystem services. Risk and recovery are interrelated dynamic conditions, changing as remediation and restoration activities progress through implementation into long‐term management and ecosystem ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Aral Sea partial restoration. II. Simulation of time-dependent processes

    Three operational scenarios produce water levels stabilised at 28.9, 27.2 and 25.7 m. A macro-engineering solution is considered. Increased runoff from Syr Darya and other freshwater sources raises the Aral Sea level by 1.4-3.5 m. Depending on the scenario, the Aral Sea returns to its 2005 elevation. Caspian Sea water importation, at flow rates of 14 km³/year leads to Aral Sea stabilisation at ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • EPA requests proposals (RFP) for Five Star Restoration training grant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks to award one cooperative agreement to an organization to manage the Five Star Restoration Training Grant. Specifically, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to: 1) prepare and advertise a Request for Proposals (RFP), establish review criteria for evaluating and selecting subgrantee proposals, and make subgrants to support ...

  • Transforming Ecosystems: When, Where, and How to Restore Contaminated Sites

    Chemical contamination has impaired ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and the provisioning of functions and services. This has spurred a movement to restore contaminated ecosystems and develop and implement national and international regulations that require it. Nevertheless, ecological restoration remains a young and rapidly growing discipline and its intersection with toxicology is even more ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Ongoing restoration and management of Las Vegas Wash: an evaluation of success criteria

    The Las Vegas Wash is a dynamic channel system that drains the Las Vegas Valley (3,950 km2) into Lake Mead and the lower Colorado River, which provides drinking water to southern California, Arizona, and southern Nevada. In the last few decades the Las Vegas Wash has undergone massive changes in terms of channel degradation and bank erosion followed by recovery and restoration efforts. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biotechnological approach for ecosystem restoration of mine spoil dump in India

    Mine-degraded land (mine spoil dumps) has been restored through plantation in India by eco-friendly and cost-effective approach. This technology involves selection of suitable native plant species, isolation and inoculation of site-specific nitrogen-fixing microbial strains and nutrient mobilising vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal species in combination with organic amendments to control the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Restoring Peatlands in Russia - Preventing peat fires, mitigating climate change

    Millions of hectares of drained and abandoned peatlands in European Russia are highly vulnerable to fires, such as those that covered Moscow in smoke during the extremely dry summer of 2010. Rewetting degraded peatlands, especially abandoned peat mining sites, and establishing a sustainable usage will prevent fires and their negative impacts on climate and biodiversity. Cause and threats ...


    By Wetlands International

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