SER is an international nonprofit organization that advances the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.
SER has more than 2,700 members and partners in over 70 countries. Membership with SER includes membership with the Chapter of your choice. Chapters are another great way to get the most out of your membership. Led by dedicated volunteers, SER Chapters focus on local issues and give members the opportunity meet and work with other restoration professionals, attend workshops, events and engage with the local community. SER also has two thematic sections – Large-scale Ecosystem Restoration (LERS) and International Network for Seed-Based Restoration (INSR). Similar to chapters, sections are run by a volunteer board and provide SER members with the opportunity to engage and share knowledge on a specific topic related to the field of restoration ecology.
SER is positioned at the critical interface between restoration science and practice and actively promotes participatory, knowledge-based approaches to restoration. SER serves its members, partners, and the field at large by:
SER released its groundbreaking publication the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in December 2016. These standards provide much-needed guidance for countries working to plan and implement restoration programs under a growing number of international commitments to restore degraded lands. In addition to producing technical guidance, SER helps guide and inform policy discussions through collaborations with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).
Facilitating Communication and Networking
SER’s Chapters, Sections and Student Associations provide high-quality local and regional networking opportunities. SER also organizes biennial world conferences, regional chapter meetings and workshops where scientists, practitioners, community leaders, and students come together to exchange ideas, showcase their work and forge new alliances.
Sharing Information and Knowledge
SER maintains the Restoration Resource Center, which provides practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and the public with access to a wide variety of resources, publications, and project information from around the world. SER publishes the peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology, which highlights the results of restoration projects worldwide as well as conceptual advances and new perspectives in the field. SER also publishes the Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration book series in partnership with Island Press, which now includes 28 titles.
In January 2017, SER launched the world's first certification program for ecological restoration. This program will ensure people working in the field can be credentialed based on a combination of their academic and field experience. SER certification will also allow for the creation of sub-programs for people to receive credentials for understanding the foundations of restoration ecology, especially through workshops and trainings associated with the international extension program.
You can learn more about SER and join as a member at http://www.ser.org/membership