The role of spontaneous vegetation succession in ecosystem restoration: a perspective

Prach, K., Bartha, S., Joyce, C.B., Pysek, P., Van Diggelen, R. and Wiegleb, G. (2001) The role of spontaneous vegetation succession in ecosystem restoration: a perspective Applied Vegetation Science, 4 (1). pp. 111-114. ISSN 1402-2001

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Abstract

The paper summarizes ideas which were discussed during the ‘Spontaneous Succession in Ecosystem Restoration’ conference and elaborated through further discussion among the authors. It seeks to promote the integration of scientific knowledge on spontaneous vegetation succession into restoration programs. A scheme illustrating how knowledge of spontaneous succession may be applied to restoration is presented, and perspectives and possible future research on using spontaneous vegetation succession in ecosystem restoration are proposed. It is concluded that when implementing spontaneous succession for ecological restoration the following points must be considered: setting clear aims; evaluation of environmental site conditions; deciding whether spontaneous succession is an appropriate way to achieve the aims; prediction of successional development; monitoring of the results. The need for interdisciplinary approaches and communication between scientists, engineers and decision-makers is emphasized.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Directed succession; Monitoring; Prediction
Subjects:F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F850 Environmental Sciences
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Ecology, Landscape and Pollution Management
ID Code:9485
Deposited By:editor environment
Deposited On:23 Nov 2011 08:48
Last Modified:09 May 2012 11:54

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