How do you know when Ecological Restoration is Successful?
When an ecosystem is recovered and restored, it contains an adequate amount of biotic and abiotic resources (living and non-living components) that will assist in sustaining the ecosystem’s independent functionality and structure. In addition, a successfully restored ecosystem will show signs of biotic/abiotic adaptability and interaction with nearby ecosystems while simultaneously “demonstrating resilience to normal ranges of environmental stress and disturbance.”
There are nine things to look out for when determining if an ecosystem is stable and if ecological restoration is successful. If an ecosystem can demonstrate a continuing upward achievement based on a researcher’s developmental success rate, the ecosystem is considered successful. Researchers can apply scientifically measurable results to more precisely and accurate gather data. If a restoration project encounters problems like a lack of funding, testing might occur using a less direct approach without using research methods. Here are the nine things that define a healthy ecosystem.
It is important to mention that environmental conditions change and evolve. A successful ecological restoration will create an ecosystem that has the ability to change and evolve with the changing conditions. Other goals of a restoration project could also be the restoration of certain natural goods and services for social benefit, resources for capital gain, provide a habitat for rare or selected species, or aesthetics.