The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia Inaugural Awards
Nominations are now open for outstanding projects from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands to be considered for SERA’s inaugural biennial awards for:
(i) excellence in ecological restoration practice and
(ii) the most outstanding student project.
The 2016 nomination period closes 15 September 2016.
(i) The SERA Award for Restoration Excellence
This award acknowledges individuals or organisations that have made a significant and enduring contribution to the practice of ecological restoration through outstanding on-ground restoration projects. There are two subcategories (a) Larger scale projects (i.e. 50ha and greater) and (b) Smaller scale projects (i.e. below 50 ha).
Prize for large-scale projects: $3,000 plus certificate and trophy
Prize for small-scale projects: $1,000 plus certificate and trophy
Criteria: Projects must demonstrate many of the following characteristics:
• Sound ecological underpinnings and, ideally, science and research partnership(s);
• Planning, implementation and monitoring appropriate to the scale of the project;
• Secure engagement with local stakeholders;
• Adoption of a local indigenous ecosystem as a reference or target and commitment to comprehensive recovery;
• Sustainable size or potentially effective linkage with other ecosystems;
• Designed adaptability to climate change; and
• Evidence that recovery processes are securely occurring on the site.
Eligibility: Any individual or group of individuals or organisation in Australasia (see SERA website for geographical extent) is eligible from all biomes including terrestrial and aquatic.
(ii) The SERA Student Award
This award recognizes students that have made a significant impact in advancing the theory, practice, and/or public awareness of restoration through innovative research, tools, publications or technologies.
Prize: $1,000 plus certificate and trophy
Criteria: The nominee must have demonstrated at least one of following in the development of:
• New approaches or technological advances in restoration;
• Innovative research into restoration planning, methods, tools, monitoring or standards;
• Integration of volunteers in restoration programs;
• Increased public awareness of ecosystem restoration; or
• Use of traditional knowledge in restoration planning or outcomes.
Eligibility: Any enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate student (or one year after completion or conferment of degree) in the field of restoration ecology from a higher learning institution (technical colleges, universities or similar) in Australasia.
NOMINATION AND JUDGING
Nominees or nominators need not be members of the Society but nominees must be communicated through an SERA member, and applicable criteria must be met in order for a nomination to be considered.
The SERA Awards Committee will select award recipients based on the selection criteria and limited to 3000 words. The National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia will be used as a judging guide (see http://seraustralasia.com/standards/contents.html)
Applicants are asked to structure their nominations using the selection criteria as subheadings and are encouraged to use images and data to demonstrate effect and benefit of their program (including before and after). Additionally, each submitted application will provide a one minute video which summarises their work and outcomes. The Committee may also seek supporting evidence for a given nomination in the form of publications, site visits, photographs, letters of recommendation from independent referees, or any other appropriate documentation.
Awards are presented during an Awards Dinner at the biennial SERA Conference on Ecological Restoration to be held in November 2016 in New Zealand. Recipients will be notified in advance of the conference.
All applications become the property of SERA and with approval may be used on the SERA website and at the Awards presentation.