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November 7, 2023

Guidelines for embedded experiments in ecological restoration and management in Australia

These guidelines provide a framework for planning and implementing standardised experiments within
restoration projects to help build a national research network. They cover the value of science partnerships and how to enable them, planning, designing, and monitoring embedded experiments, and how to collate and manage data from these experiments. The Guidelines conclude with real-world case studies that put these concepts into practice.

To scale up efforts and restore lands at the rate needed to combat the climate and biodiversity crises, we
must rapidly advance our knowledgebase on best practice restoration across the broad range of Australian ecosystems. It is only through a collective and collegial approach that we will be able to achieve this. We need to maximise learnings at as many sites as possible and share data with one another for greater environmental impact. The ‘Guidelines for embedded experiments in ecological restoration and management in Australia’ provide the background and framework needed for these learnings and data sharing to occur. It is a valuable resource for everyone engaged in ecological restoration who want to ensure that the testing and application of methodologies or new techniques is scientifically robust, providing confidence in results.
Professor Owen T. Nevin, CEO, WABSI

The Guidelines are part of the Biodiversity Knowledge Project series co-funded by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

A workshop in Canberra that  initiated the development of these guidelines was jointly funded through the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Funding for these guidelines was provided by the CANBR, The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and Australian Research Council Centre for Forest Value at the University of Tasmania.The development of the guidelines was supported by funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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