Ten people-centered rules for socially sustainable ecosystem restoration

Elias, Marlene and Amrita, Sen and Nagendra, Harini and Unnikrishnan, Hita (2021) Ten people-centered rules for socially sustainable ecosystem restoration. Restoration Ecology. ISSN 1526-100X

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As the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration begins, there remains insufficient emphasis on the human and social dimensions of restoration. The potential that restoration holds for achieving both ecological and social goals can only be met through a shift towards people‐centered restoration strategies. Towards this end, this paper synthesizes critical insights from a special issue on “Restoration for whom, by whom” to propose actionable ways to center humans and social dimensions in ecosystem restoration, with the aim of generating fair and sustainable initiatives. These rules respond to a relative silence in di Sacco et al.’s (2021) “Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits” on socio‐political issues, and offer complementary guidance to their piece. Arranged roughly in order from pre‐intervention, design/initiation, implementation, through the monitoring, evaluation and learning phases, the ten people‐centered rules are: 1) Recognize diversity and interrelations among stakeholders; 2) Actively engage communities as agents of change; 3) Address socio‐historical contexts; 4) Unpack and strengthen resource tenure for marginalized groups; 5) Advance equity across its multiple dimensions and scales; 6) Generate multiple benefits; 7) Promote an equitable distribution of costs, risks, and benefits; 8) Draw on different types of evidence and knowledge; 9) Question dominant discourses; and 10) Practice inclusive and holistic monitoring, evaluation and learning. We contend that restoration initiatives are only tenable when the issues raised in these rules are respectfully addressed.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Elias, Marlene and Amrita, Sen and Nagendra, Harini and Unnikrishnan, Hita
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restoration ecology, Reforestation, Ecology, Biodiversity recovery
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology > Ecology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Full Text Status: None
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/3006
Publisher URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rec.13...

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