Topics & Themes

The Science Behind Restoration

  • Principles of restoration ecology
  • Linking restoration science and practice (outreach, extension, teaching)
  • Ecological processes, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services
  • Standards of practice for restoration
  • New technologies for restoration, reclamation, rewilding

Policy and Planning

  • Governance and public policy
  • Legal and regulatory frameworks for restoration
  • International wetland policy and global restoration targets
  • Restoring at the landscape scale
  • Prioritizing areas for restoration
  • Setting appropriate goals
  • Ecological Economics
  • Federal State Local Initiatives
  • Ramsar & International Agreements
  • Wetland Regulation
  • Wetland Valuation & Free Market Considerations
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Management of invasive species
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Wildlife management
  • Ecosystem services

Economics of restoration and reclamation

  • Job creation and livelihoods
  • Financing and investment in restoration
  • Restoration enterprises
  • Investing in ecological infrastructure
  • Restoration and reclamation in developing and emerging economies

Social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions

  • Stakeholder engagement/community involvement in ecological restoration
  • First Nations engagement in restoration, reclamation and rewilding projects
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Restoration in cultural landscapes
  • Restoration for socio-ecological resilience
  • Ethics and values
  • Raising public awareness of restoration and reclamation
  • Art and ecological restoration, reclamation and wetlands
  • Professional Development
  • Public Outreach and Education
  • Teaching Wetland, Restoration and/or Reclamation Science

Restoration/reclamation/rewilding amid rapid environmental change

  • Climate change and ecological restoration
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding for resilience to extreme events
  • Restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Assisted migration
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding for carbon sequestration
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding for water supply and water security

Meeting specific restoration challenges

  • Natural regeneration as a restoration strategy
  • Genetics as a tool and outcome of ecological restoration
  • Working with contaminated soils and/or residual materials
  • Erosion control in watershed and river banks
  • Seeds and seedling production
  • Wildlife restoration
  • Restoring biodiversity
  • Soil restoration/plant, soil and water relationships
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding in parks and protected areas
  • Fire management in ecological restoration
  • Restoration, reclamation and rewilding of mining and industrial sites
  • Restoration, reclamation and rewilding of oil, natural gas and brownfields
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding  in agroecosystems
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding of quarries and borrow pits
  • Urban reclamation
  • Rehabilitation of severely degraded sites
  • Invasive species management

Restoration approaches for different biomes/ecosystems

  • Restoration of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems
  • Restoration of coastal ecosystems
  • Restoration of temperate and boreal forests
  • Restoration of temperate grasslands
  • Restoration of tropical forests
  • Restoration of drylands and Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Restoration in urban areas

Monitoring and assessing restoration, reclamation, rewilding outcomes

  • Monitoring and adaptive management
  • Indicators for measuring success
  • Failure and mistakes in projects and decisions

Wetland Biology, Ecology and Physical Sciences

  • Animals 
  • Biogeochemistry, geochemistry and chemistry
  • Genetics & evolution
  • Landscape science
  • Microbes
  • Multi-trophic interactions
  • Plants
  • Geomorphology, hydrology & watersheds
  • Sedimentation
  • Wetland Soils
  • Water Quality, Quantity & Hydraulics

Wetlands and Global Climate Change

  • Blue carbon & carbon markets
  • Wetland response to Global Climate Change
  • Greenhouse gas processes
  • Wetlands and sea level rise


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