Hopes for the future: Restoration ecology and conservation biology

Andrew P. Dobson, A. D. Bradshaw, A. J.M. Baker

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Abstract

Conversion of natural habitats into agricultural and industrial landscapes, and ultimately into degraded land, is the major impact of humans on the natural environment, posing a great threat to biodiversity. The emerging discipline of restoration ecology provides a powerful suite of tools for speeding the recovery of degraded lands. In doing so, restoration ecology provides a crucial complement to the establishment of nature reserves as a way of increasing land for the preservation of biodiversity. An integrated understanding of how human population growth and changes in agricultural practice interact with natural recovery processes and restoration ecology provides some hope for the future of the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-522
Number of pages8
JournalScience
Volume277
Issue number5325
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 25 1997

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