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ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Ecological Restoration“

ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Ecological Restoration“

The national standards body of China (Standardization Administration of China - SAC) submits to ISO a proposal for the creation of a new Technical Committee on “Ecological Restoration”.

Scope: Standardization in the field of Ecological Restoration.

The TC addresses standardization of all types and all sizes of ecological restoration projects, including their management, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting, except ISO/TC 82/SC7 (Mine closure and reclamation management)

Standards on large-scale ecological restoration

There is a need for developing standards for establishing ecological restoration programs, whereby the restoration tasks in multiple projects are coordinated into landscape-scale or regional-scale restoration programs. The ISO/TC will offer recommendations on how such programs can be managed

Ecological restoration can contribute in substantial ways to protecting nature and improving human well-being all over the world. Many well-intended projects and programs in recent years, which were designated as ecological restoration, have underperformed. The standards established by the proposed ISO/TC will present a robust framework for future restoration projects to achieve intended goals. Therefore, the outputs of the proposed ISO/TC should be of interest to all nations of the world.

Definition and terminology

The new ISO/TC will initiate work by preparing an overview that characterizes the discipline of ecological restoration and defines relevant technical terminology. The characterization will describe what ecological restoration is, how it is accomplished, why it is needed, and how it is distinguished from related disciplines. It will contribute to build a common understanding of concepts to support standardization work.

Principles, key assumptions, and phases of restoration work

The future standard will identify principles and key assumptions, as well as will describe the phases of restoration work from conceptual planning to final reporting. Particular emphasis will be given to the preparation of the reference model, which portrays the desired ecological attributes of an ecosystem to be restored. The ISO/TC will recommend the ideal way for ecological restoration projects to be structured administratively and managed.

Standards on specific freshwater aquatic ecosystem

Once this general characterization of the discipline is finalized, the ISO/TC will develop and prepare specific standards that pertain to the ecological restoration of freshwater aquatic ecosystems. These include rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Catchment (or watershed) management will be discussed in terms of how aquatic ecosystems can be effectively recharged.

In case of national interest, Bulgaria can support the creation of ISO/TC on “Ecological Restoration”. If the establishment of ISO /TC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, BDS can obtain P- or O-membership in the work of the newly established committee.

The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of ISO technical activity by 10 of December 20**20 to senior expert Ekaterina Slavova, e-mail: Ekaterina.Slavova@bds-bg.org, tel: +359 2 81 74 579**.

For more information about the proposal see: here**.**