The emerging age of ecological restoration law

Benjamin J. Richardson*

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This article challenges the dominant future orientation of environmental law by drawing attention to the need to consider past environmental losses and the role of restoration law. The article highlights some precedents in international and domestic law. So far, most examples of restoration governance in our legal systems should be described as ‘environmental’ restoration, addressing discrete contexts such as a pollution spill site or a former mine. The larger agenda of ecological restoration is in its infancy, but there are a handful of interesting legal innovations. Successful ecological restoration governance is a complex task that requires addressing four criteria: biological feasibility, social acceptability, financial viability and institutional tractability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-290
Number of pages14
JournalReview of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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