Karen Esler, Prof

South Africa
Stellenbosch University
BII expert in: Biodiversity indices

I am interested in scaling up Ecological Restoration – with a focus on how to recover/re-introduce native biodiversity to damaged/degraded systems (so that Nature’s Contributions to People are optimised while also recovering biodiversity). Visualising how biodiversity has been impacted on the continent (e.g. through the BII) is a key research/planning opportunity.

Invasive plants, especially where they dominate, certainly impact native species diversity and abundance; these species also result in feedbacks to human well-being (e.g. allergies; fire risk; hydrological risk and the list goes on). Likewise, restorative efforts on the landscape could shift these impacts and feedbacks.

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