Yes, there are – in fact, there was a report done by the United Nations Environment Programme which argued the economic benefits of repairing damaged ecosystems. The report states that not only is regeneration possible, it is both essential and economically viable. Depending on the habitat, restoration could include “restoring water flows to rivers and lakes, improv[ing] soil stability and fertility vital for agriculture” (see here). The UNEP report offers numerous recommendations for restoration, such as targeting concentrated spatial areas, or service “hot spots”, and ensuring that local infrastructure is entrenched enough to guarantee ongoing conservation.
The full report is included below.
There are many ways to help restore damaged ecosystems and a lot of organizations are dedicated to this very goal. The Elwhat River Restoration initiative is working to plan the ecosystem of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park after the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams are removed in September 2011. The Ecosystem Restoration Institute is a division of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and helps educate students on ecosystem repair. There are many other organizations that help fund, train individuals and groups, and carry out restoration projects around the world.
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