Submit a Project

We want to hear about your experiences in the field (and so do your fellow restorationists)! Use the form below to submit your own restoration project to the database.

We welcome project submissions from any ecosystem anywhere in the world. Projects must qualify as ecological restoration, or must encompass ecological restoration as a principal component, to be accepted for posting. Projects can be at any stage of completion, from planning and design to post-implementation monitoring and evaluation, or even projects that are long since completed.

Please provide as much information as possible on the submission form so readers can clearly understand key aspects of your project and, ideally, benefit from your experiences in their own work. Some data fields may not be applicable for projects at earlier stages of development—feel free to state this on the form.

Try to write about project activities and outcomes with broader issues and trends in mind to maximize the utility and applicability of your experiences for people working in other regions or other contexts.

And don’t avoid talking about failures and unforeseen challenges! Along with positive outcomes and successful approaches to restoration, unsuccessful methods and approaches often have just as much to teach. Be candid about what worked and what didn’t.

All projects will be reviewed by SER staff before they are included in the database. It is our intention to accept all relevant projects as long as they meet the general guidelines above. However, we may choose not to accept a given project, in which case we will clearly inform the submitter of our decision.

Provide a descriptive name for the case study including the geographic location.

Provide a short summary of the project, including the geographic location, the ecological and social context, the restoration goals and activities, and key outcomes and lessons learned. Limit 200 words.

If possible, please click the map to drop a pin on the map to indicate the project location.

Please indicate the entity that is primarily responsible for implementing the restoration activities.

What type of organization is the lead entity?

List the key organizations involved in the project.

When did planning and design begin? In YYYY-MM format, please.

When did implementation of restoration activities/treatments conclude, or when is it expected to conclude? In YYYY-MM format, please.

(select all that apply)

Briefly describe both the cause(s) and degree of degradation, including its effect on ecosystem structure and function and its impact on local biodiversity. Include a discussion of any landscape-scale issues or socio-economic/political factors contributing to, or resulting from, the degradation.

Describe the key attributes of the reference ecosystem(s), and thus the benchmarks that will be used to evaluate restoration success. What will the restored system look like—in terms of structure, function and biodiversity. What rationale was used to select the reference ecosystem(s), and what adjustments were made to account for changing environmental conditions, whether actual or predicted?

What are the project’s primary goals, both ecological and socio-economic?

Check the box if the answer is yes.

Who are the primary stakeholders in the project, and how have they been involved to date? Describe steps taken to engage them in the planning process, address their interests and concerns, and keep them informed of project activities. What education and outreach strategies have been used?

Describe in detail the restoration activities carried out at the site, in terms of the 6 ecosystem attribute categories discussed in SER’s International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration. What strategies and treatments were used to:

Describe the extent and effectiveness of recovery to date in terms of the same 6 ecosystem attribute categories as above. How successful has the project been in each of these areas based on the goals defined at the outset?

Describe the benefits generated for surrounding communities. How has the project contributed to improving human well-being in the following areas?

Describe key lessons learned, including mid-course corrections or adaptive management actions to address unforeseen challenges.

What plans exist for post-implementation monitoring and long-term maintenance of the restored ecosystem? Who is responsible for each of these activities? What plans exist for the ongoing involvement of stakeholders? What other strategies are planned for future management of the site?

What entities have provided funding and other support for the project? How much has been invested in the project to date? If know, what is the estimated cost per unit restored (e.g. cost per hectare, cost per river mile)?

Direct readers to more information about your project by providing a link to the project website or to relevant reports/publications.

If possible, provide an individual contact for the project (i.e. primary project manager or principal investigator) as well as an organizational contact.

We highly encourage you to submit at least one project photo that we can feature. Photos can include: before/after sequences showing the extent of recovery; use of the restored site by native species; people conducting restoration activities; or the connection between the project and local communities. Upload your photo(s) below, and use the space provided to specify a short caption and appropriate photo credits for each. By submitting your photos, you give SER permission to use them in SER communications (electronic, print) with proper attribution.