Vital landscape attributes: missing tools for restoration ecology

Aronson, J. and E. Le Floc'h

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Twenty three “vital ecosystem attributes” (VEAs) were previously proposed to aid in quantitative evaluation of whole ecosystem structure, composition and functional complexity over time. We here introduce a series of 16 quantifiable attributes for use at a higher spatial scale and ecological organisational level, the landscape. “Vital landscape attributes” (VLAs), should be useful in evaluating the results of ecological restoration or rehabilitation undertaken with a landscape perspective, provided that clear definitions and boundaries are agreed upon for the different spatial and ecological entities involved.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Restoration Ecology