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Environmental Restoration

  • By: Michael A. Urban
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Environmental restoration is an increasingly common management strategy in physical and ecological systems that are viewed as degraded or impaired. Although restoration of environmental systems is defined in different ways by different practitioners, it has grown considerably in recent years in both practice and theory. The term environmental restoration itself also represents a complex series of abstractions about the natural world and the human role within it. For example, the environment is a mutable, moldable entity constantly changing in response to different magnitude forces, some subtle and others catastrophic. Change can occur in both positive and negative directions; thus, the effect of these forces may be to degrade or enhance nature or certain elements of natural systems. Last, the role of people and the ways ...

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