The rise of the Brazilian Network for Ecological Restoration (REBRE): what Brazilian restorationists have learned from networking
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Duarte Moraes, Luiz Fernando
Engel, Vera Lex [UNESP]
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As ecological restoration is gaining importance worldwide, researchers, practitioners, and interested people are beginning to self-organize, in order to exchange knowledge and experiences in this growing area. Latin America has recently shown some examples, and the Brazilian Network for Ecological Restoration (REBRE) is one of them. Working on a nonhierarchical basis, its members, some of whom are important actors in the proposing and implementing of public policies, are able to freely express their doubts and share experiences, thereby contributing to legislative improvements, developing relevant restoration initiatives, and adopting novel approaches and paradigms. Through its three main communication platforms (website, Google Groups, and Facebook), REBRE has reached more than 2,300 members, and although a more equitable distribution through Brazilian regions should still be reached, it is gradually becoming stronger and more representative. In this scenario, REBRE will act with its branch organization, SOBRE (Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration), to host the next Society for Ecological Restoration Conference, to be held in Brazil, in 2017, exchanging relevant experiences and welcoming restorationists from all over the world.
collaboration, interconnections, transdisciplinarity
Restoration Ecology. Hoboken: Wiley, v. 25, n. 2, p. 172-177, 2017.