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Manchester Environmental Research Institute

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Ecosystem restoration

The current speed of habitat and species loss caused by human development means the restoration of degraded ecosystems is one of the greatest challenges facing humankind.

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2021 sees the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a worldwide initiative to bring focus to ecosystem restoration and resilience. Our interdisciplinary science enables us to develop new approaches to create resilient ecosystems and restore degraded ecosystems.

Our research integrates our understanding of biological, physical, chemical and social processes with practical ‘on the ground’ experience to develop innovative approaches to sustaining healthy ecosystems and restoring degraded ecosystems.

Our work spans the local, regional and international scale, and encompasses soils, grasslands, peatlands, green infrastructure, rivers and lakes, forests and agricultural systems.

We apply our expert knowledge to work with key decision makers to develop methods and policy measures to not only restore ecosystems but to instil them with resilience so they can withstand the conflicting pressures of climate change and society.

Human-induced ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, and climate change is a global challenge.
Here at the University of Manchester we have a rich legacy of working with partners and practitioners to develop innovative and practical solutions.

Dr Gareth Clay / MERI Theme Lead for Our Changing Earth System and Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Our current key areas of research include: