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Restoration Ecology

Definition - What does Restoration Ecology mean?

The science of restoration ecology is the study of the ways in which human intervention can be used to speed the recovery of ecosystems after environmental damage and disturbance. The interventions may be aimed at restoring an ecosystem to the condition it was in prior to the disturbance, or at creating a new ecosystem in the restored area.

Safeopedia explains Restoration Ecology

Examples of restoration interventions include revegetation, habitat enhancement aimed at providing a better habitat for a species, remediation measures that enhance an ecosystem or create a new ecosystem in a disturbed area and mitigation of damage through legal mandate. As a practical example, a mining operation may be required by law to restore landscapes effected by their operations.

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