Sharing knowledge to improve ecological restoration outcomes

Restoration Ecology
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Ecological restoration efforts are likely to be more successful when project components are informed by relevant stakeholders. However, key stakeholders are often not included in restoration design and deployment. This is largely driven by a lack of practitioner knowledge of and experience with stakeholder relations. However, inclusion of stakeholders across the entire restoration process can be accomplished by practitioners with no formal social science training. Here, we describe several easy (and usually inexpensive) ways to formally cultivate relationships among restoration practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to improve restoration outcomes. These include: how to identify and work with stakeholders; how to recognize the unique needs and contributions of stakeholder groups, and how to provide information back to stakeholders through outreach. Although how this practice occurs is dependent on restoration context, integrating these approaches more regularly into ecological restoration projects will likely result in more successful, relevant and community‐supported management outcomes.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sharing knowledge to improve ecological restoration outcomes
Series title Restoration Ecology
DOI 10.1111/rec.13417
Edition Online First
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Society for Ecological Restoration
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
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