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Prescribing innovation within a large-scale restoration programme in degraded subtropical thicket in South Africa

dc.contributor.authorMills, Anthony J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan der Vyver, Mariusen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGordon, Iain J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPatwardhan, Ananden_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMarais, Christoen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBlignaut, Jamesen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSigwela, Ayandaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorKgope, Barneyen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-25T08:06:46Z
dc.date.available2018-01-25T08:06:46Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationMills, A. J., et al. 2017. Prescribing innovation within a large-scale restoration programme in degraded subtropical thicket in South Africa. Forests, 6(11):4328-4348, doi:10.3390/f6114328en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1999-4907 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.3390/f6114328
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103091
dc.descriptionCITATION: Mills, A. J., et al. 2017. Prescribing innovation within a large-scale restoration programme in degraded subtropical thicket in South Africa. Forests, 6(11):4328-4348, doi:10.3390/f6114328.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.mdpi.comen_ZA
dc.description.abstractCommonly cited requirements for bridging the “science‑practice divide” between practitioners and scientists include: political support, communication and experimentation. The Subtropical Thicket Restoration Programme was established in 2004 to catalyse investment in large-scale restoration of degraded subtropical thicket in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Political support has been strong, with the South African government investing more than US$8 million into the programme. Communication occurred regularly among a wide range of stakeholders, and a restoration experiment—comprising 12 treatments and ~300 plots—was established over an area of ~75,000 km2. Despite this support, communication and experimentation, many pitfalls were encountered. For example, one restoration protocol became entrenched in the programme’s public as well as private sector operations without continual scrutiny of its efficacy. This was largely because results from the large-scale restoration experiment only emerged a decade after its conceptualization. As the programme enters its second decade there is recognition that a full range of “intelligent tinkering”—from small, rapid experiments to large, long-term experiments—needs to be planned and prescribed. The new working hypothesis is that prescribed innovation will reduce costs of restoration, increase survivorship of plants, increase income streams from restored landscapes, and promote new financing mechanisms for restoration.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/6/11/4328
dc.format.extent21 pages : illustrations, mapen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherMDPIen_ZA
dc.subjectEcosystem restoration -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectSubtropical Thicket Restoration Programme (STRP) -- South Africa -- Managementen_ZA
dc.subjectRestoration ecology -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titlePrescribing innovation within a large-scale restoration programme in degraded subtropical thicket in South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
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