Rehabilitation

Definition

The return of a degraded ecosystem to an undegraded condition but which may also be different from its original condition.

European Commission (Forest in Sustainable Development) Cited in EEA 2013 1

Measures taken to rehabilitate degraded ecosystems or restore cleared ecosystems following exposure to impacts that cannot be completely avoided and/ or minimised. Rehabilitation emphasizes the reparation of ecosystem processes, productivity and services, whereas the goals of restoration also include the re-establishment of the pre-existing biotic integrity in terms of species composition and community structure.

Adapted from BBOP & UNEP 2010 2 & BBOP 2012 3

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