A powerful group of eminent scientists have made their voices heard on the international stage with comments on the recent trend in Australia to introduce destructive practices into national parks. The first principle in restoration ecology is to conserve what you already have – this applies to policy as well as to ecosystems. Recreating what was lost is difficult, risky, and expensive; if not (as it mostly is) altogether impossible. And most of the time we don’t even know what we’ve lost till its gone, if ever.
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