In 2016, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) published International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration to provide a framework for improving the effectiveness and implementation of restoration projects on the ground from both ecological and social perspectives. As the United Nations (UN) prepares to implement its newly declared UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the SER International Standards offer a framework to help individual restoration projects and global restoration initiatives achieve their intended goals, while addressing the many challenges of effective implementation, including ecosystem complexity, climate change, ineffective design and implementation, and the trade-offs between social priorities and biodiversity. These International Standards are aspirational and intended to provide and promote best practices for restoration that will improve outcomes on the ground.
Bethanie Walder joined the Society for Ecological Restoration as Executive Director in September 2015 and has more than 25 years of experience in environmental conservation, restoration, and education. Bethanie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Studies from Duke University and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She lives, works, and plays in Missoula, Montana.