AFTP Course - Ecological Restoration

Organised by AFTP

Successful ecological restoration requires an integrated understanding of the ecological parameters of a site, together with the physical, chemical, and biotic factors that may influence desired outcomes. However, restoration objectives also need appreciation of the historical context of the site as well as possible social considerations that may limit the desired outcomes. In short ecological restoration is frequently ‘the art of balancing the possible’.

This course covers the breadth of considerations required for ecological restoration and gives the opportunity to undertake management planning at both site and landscape scales.

In addition, successful ecological restoration requires an understanding of appropriate remediation technologies. Consequently, this course also introduces a range of suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land including clean-up methods for soils, sediments and water.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

- Understand the principles underlying restoration ecology and ecological restoration in local, national and global contexts.

- Identify the environmental and biological controls on plant community composition and ecosystem structure.

- Describe the mechanisms underlying natural successional patterns in vegetation communities, as well as humaninduced changes in habitat-type.

- Evaluate suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land.

- Relate habitat management to ecosystem function.

- At different scales, plan ecosystem creation or restoration based on the biotic and abiotic context of the area.

- Design and assess the feasibility and appropriateness of a habitat restoration scheme.