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Monitoring the social benefits of ecological restoration

September 11, 2018

Ecological restoration has traditionally been evaluated by monitoring the recovery of ecosystem conditions, such as species diversity and abundance, physical form, and water quality, whereas monitoring the social benefits of restoration is uncommon. Current monitoring frameworks do not track who benefits from restoration or by how much. In this study, we investigate how ecological restoration could be monitored to provide indications of progress in terms of social conditions. We provide suggestions for measuring several categories of benefit indicators, including access, beneficiaries, and quality of benefit, using information compiled from natural and social science literature. We also demonstrate how to evaluate ecological and social benefit indicators over time at a site or landscape scale using multi-criteria analysis. We use flood protection and recreation as example benefits to monitor.

Publication Year 2018
Title Monitoring the social benefits of ecological restoration
DOI 10.1111/rec.12888
Authors David M. Martin, James E. Lyons
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Restoration Ecology
Index ID 70200868
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center