CREAF contributes to a European methodology to guide ecosystem restoration

24 de July 2019

Pilar Andrés is one of the eleven European restoration experts of the EKLIPSE expert working group to improve the effectiveness of existing approaches that aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function and services.

Pilar Andrés és una de les persones expertes en restauració de l'EWG d'EKLIPSE.

Pilar Andrés is one of the experts of the EKLIPSE EWG on restoration.

This responds to a request to understand the reasons why current approaches to restoration are not as effective as they could be:

What is hampering the effectiveness of existing approaches that aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function and services? 

This request was initially put to EKLIPSE following the second call for requests by BiodivERsA, a network of national and regional funding organizations promoting pan-European research on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and offering innovative opportunities for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.

To guide this answer, EKLIPSE put out a call and selected experts as part of an Expert Working Group (EWG). The call for expertise was highly successful, resulting in EKLIPSE receiving 23 applications from 15 nationalities. Pilar Andrés, was selected to be a member of this expert working group that covers a range of expertise identified in the call, and has a diverse geographical coverage:

  • Judith Fisher (Fisher Research Pty Ltd/University of Western Australia)
  • Jan Frouz (Charles University, Prague)
  • Patricia Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez (University of Lisbon)
  • David Moreno Mateos (Basque Centre for Climate Change)
  • Jordi Cortina-Segarra (Society for Ecological Restoration Europe)
  • Agata Klimkowska (Eco-Recover Ecosystem Restoration Advice / University of Antwerp ECOBE)
  • Pilar Andres (CREAF)
  • Apostolos Kyriazopoulos (Democritus University of Thrace)
  • Prof. Susan Baker  (Sustainable Places Research Institute – Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Craig Bullock (School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy – University College Dublin)
  • Simo Sarkki (Oulu University, Finland)

This group met in Brussels in July 2018 and in October 2018 and had several additional meetings remotely. The EKLIPSE Working Group identified a structured process for organizing the work tasks and published in 2019 a protocol to outline the choice of methodology, details of the methodology and expected outcomes. The aim of this methodology is to assess the current knowledge of the reasons hampering restoration effectiveness and orient future research, policy and practice on ecosystem restoration.

The working group behind the document propose that the findings of the Methodological Approach assist  to  identify  the underlying  reasons  for identified barriers  and  so, with  an understanding of the causes and consequences, provide the opportunity to suggest solutions to overcome these barrier.

Today, the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group on Restoration has just launched the online public consultation of their report. You will find it in this link:


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El CREAF és un centre de recerca que genera coneixements i solucions innovadores en ecologia terrestre per ajudar a la societat a mitigar els efectes del Canvi Global, a crear plans d'adaptació i a augmentar la capacitat de resiliència dels ecosistemes naturals.
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