The role of ecological restoration and rehabilitation in production landscapes: An enhanced approach to sustainable development
The annual costs of land degradation are thought to be in the order of 10-17% of global gross domestic product. The very high costs of land degradation makes large-scale ecological restoration a global imperative. This paper documents the areas wherein, and manners whereby, large-scale ecological restoration has the potential to be an integral component of the sustainable management of natural capital within production systems. The paper reviews the main land management approaches that could drive large-scale uptake of ecological restoration in agricultural landscapes; in doing so, it also describes where and how some of the main barriers to widespread uptake can be found, and overcome.