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Monitoring the social benefits of ecological restoration
- Martin, David M., Lyons, James E.
- Restoration ecology 2018 v.26 no.6 pp. 1045-1050
- ecological restoration, flood control, landscapes, monitoring, recreation, social benefit, social factors, species abundance, water quality
- Ecological restoration has traditionally been evaluated by monitoring the recovery of ecological conditions, such as species abundance and diversity, physical form, and water quality; monitoring the social benefits of restoration is uncommon. Current monitoring frameworks do not track who benefits from restoration or by how much. We investigate how ecological restoration could be monitored to provide indications of improvement in terms of social conditions. We provide suggestions for measuring several categories of social indicators, including access, beneficiaries, and quality of benefit, using information compiled from natural and social science literature. We demonstrate how to evaluate ecological and social indicators over time at a site or landscape scale using multicriteria analysis. We use flood protection and recreation as example benefits to monitor.