Is it possible to restore lost nature values? NINA is involved in many applied nature restoration projects and contributes actively to research on species and habitat restoration through various restoration projects.
Is it possible to restore lost nature values? Photo © Dagmar Hagen/NINA
Ecological restoration is defined as “the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed”,
Human impacts on ecosystems, species and habitats are increasing worldwide. In Norway, increased human pressure on natural environments has resulted in degraded lands and loss of biodiversity.
A discipline in rapid development
The field of restoration ecology is in rapid development and there is an increased focus on the restoration of degraded lands. A goal is to restore 15% of the world’s degraded areas by 2020.
Human development of natural areas and the destruction of habitats are the main threats to biodiversity. For the future of Norwegian nature management it is important to limit and to compensate for the negative impacts of development projects. Ecological restauration can be an important tool to protect and restore nature values, prevent the degradation of natural areas and to minimize the negative impacts from development projects and the use of vulnerable and valuable nature.
Collaborations for nature restoration
We collaborate with the military, the hydropower industry, and other large private and public sectors that wish, or that are required, to implement remedial measures or actively restore degraded lands.