Most often, we talk of managing land and water resources in terms of ‘mitigating’ further damage. Or ‘adapting’ to inevitable degradation/ Climate Change.
‘Restoration’ is a more pro-active word. Thankfully, there are examples proving that it is also a viable strategy, an achievable goal. The following videos capture some of them:
UK: River Restoration on the Hampshire-Avon
Sahel Region, Africa: The Man Who Stopped the Desert (Trailer)
US: Stream Restoration
China/ Ethiopia/ Rwanda: Hope in a Changing Climate
For the rural poor, restoration is also a pathway to better livelihoods and food security. This was one of the points Dr. Frank van Steenbergen made at TheWaterChannel Webinar last week (Innovations for Food Security: The Business of Sustainable Land and Water Management), using success stories from 8 countries. (Watch the recording)
These examples show that restoration is more possible than we think, and can be achieved in a large number of contexts. Hopefully, they will make us think how we can how we can further develop the science and policy of it. And how to incorporate it systematically in our response to ecological degradation/ Climate Change.