Hay meadow under APHM management 2

RESTORE: Restoration of ecosystem functioning and biodiversity in semi-natural habitats under high pressure

About the project

Semi-natural habitats are under high pressure due to land use change and land degradation. Restoration of degraded nature is necessary to reverse the pervasive threats to ecosystems from overexploitation, agricultural expansion, intensification or abandonment, urban development, fragmentation, and invasive species. Current knowledge gaps and challenges in restoration science and management calls for better collaboration between relevant sectors. RESTORE brings together experienced researchers, management authorities, hands-on practitioners, private consultants, user groups, and other stakeholders with an interest in restoration of semi-natural habitats in Norway. RESTORE’s primary objective is to develop evidence-based, novel solutions for restoration of semi-natural habitats. By applying a co-learning and adaptive research approach that involves all project partners, RESTORE will develop new measures and tools to stimulate ecosystem-based restoration in user-friendly and sector relevant ways. Ruralis’s task in Restore is to develop an understanding of what motivates land-owners to participate in restoration schemes.

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Project period

01/10/2021 - 01/10/2024

Collaboration partners

NIBIO (prosjekteier), Møreforsking, NTNU, Multiconsult, Miljødirektoratet, SNO, Statsforvalteren i Trøndelag og University of Tartu


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