As the natural world changes too quickly for comfort and with diminishing viable space for a burgeoning human population, there is a growing agreement that we need to restore damaged environments in a way that re-builds ecological integrity and offers viable socio-economic opportunities for the people associated with such places. This needs to be done rapidly and on a large scale, as recognised with the declaration by the UN of its Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-2030.
In seeking to understand how this could be done, in 2011 Pete embarked on a two-month expedition, as a Travelling Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, through the Americas. The aim was to better understand what we mean by ‘world class landscape restoration’ and what lessons could be learned from real people doing this in real places, often with few resources, that could apply generically to projects in other places. In this webinar, he will relate some of his findings and how they may be applicable to environmental management practice today.