Drawing lessons from concrete experiences, the session will present state-of-the-art practices and approaches to restore different ecosystems. It will focus on different approaches:
- Knowledge to guide restoration projects (priorities, prospective scenarios);
- New knowledge derived from restoration projects and remaining gaps;
- The use and integration of traditional knowledge in restoration projects;
- Knowledge to inspire: knowledge to educate and change practices / knowledge for replication and scaling up / knowledge for decision-makers.
Director of Scientific publications, Veolia Institute
Gaëll Mainguy currently manages the research program of the Veolia institute and is the executive editor of S.A.P.I.EN.S, an Open Access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal focused on integrating scientific knowledge for sustainability. Prior to joining the Veolia Institute in 2006, Gaëll successively worked with the CNRS (Paris), the Center for Biomedical Genetics (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and the INSERM (Paris). Gaëll Mainguy is a former pupil of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology from the Pierre and Marie Curie University.
Former principal scientist at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Senior advisor to CABI South East Asia
Dr K.L. Heong is a fellow of The World Academy of Science and the Malaysian Academy of Science and holds a PhD and a DSc from University of London. Formerly a Principal Scientist in the International Rice Research Institute he is now the senior advisor to CABI South East Asia. His work to develop and communicate innovations to restore biodiversity and reduce pesticide in rice has been recognized by US Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (Charles Black Award), The World Academy of Science (Agriculture Prize), the Malaysian Plant Protection Society (Excellence Prize) and Government of Vietnam. He has won the St Andrews Prize, the World Bank Award, the COM+ Award and Golden Rice award.
Associate Professor, Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, University of Montana, Chair, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
Dr. Cara R. Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Ecosystem Sciences and Conservation Department at University of Montana, Director of the University’s Ecological Restoration Program, and Chair of the international Society for Ecological Restoration. She received Masters degrees in Forestry and in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Forest Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington. Her research focuses in three primary areas: 1) effects of large-scale disturbance on vegetation, 2) efficacy and ecological impacts of ecological restoration, and 3) conceptual basis for ecological restoration. In addition, Dr. Nelson works to increase awareness about the knowledge and training needed to improve the quality of restoration practice.
Technical Director, Conservation International Peru
Dr. Claudio Schneider is Technical Director of the Conservation International in Peru. He has a Forest Engineering degree from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, a Masters degree in Tropical Silviculture from the University of Goettingen, and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Colorado State University. He has worked as a consultant in agriculture development and drought mitigation in the Middle East and the Western US. He leads all CI programs in Peru, including an indigenous community forest management project for in the Central Peruvian Amazon and the development of the Alto Mayo REDD project. Currently he is working on the governance and restoration of riverine vegetation and aquatic resources in Awajun indigenous communities of the Alto Mayo