An article co-authored by the Working Group on linking ecological restoration and ecosystem services, led by J. Baird Callicott at the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis MD, will appear in the May 8 issue of Science, the premier American scientific journal. It is a Science "Insights / Perspectives" piece titled "Committing to Ecological Restoration: Efforts Around the Globe Need Legal and Policy Clarification." It was written in response to the "New York Declaration on Forests" forthcoming from the September 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in which Parties (governments) committed to restore large tracts of forest in order to remove carbon dioxide (the principal greenhouse gas) from the atmosphere. While this is certainly a laudable goal, we plead that the opportunity afforded by this commitment should be seized to conduct more comprehensive programs of ecological restoration to provide a full suite of ecosystem services, not just carbon sequestration.
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