The overarching objectives of CEER include:
- Advancing the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions.
- Linking science, practice, institutions and resource-sustainable decision-making by bringing together ecological and ecosystem services practitioners.
- Fostering sustainable socioeconomic development.
- Assessing the role of restoration in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
- Exploring the use of traditional ecological knowledge and community-based restoration.
- Providing a critical platform to assist in defining the principles of restoration, understanding its methods and goals, and closing the gap between the science and the practice of restoration.
- Ensuring that relevant and current knowledge is readily available for application to existing and future restoration efforts.
- Improving human health and well-being by providing sustainable livelihoods.
- Supporting and promoting the practice of ecological restoration as a tool for conserving biodiversity, and enhancing ecosystem functions and services.