The AMA Handbook of Project Management

By Paul C. Dinsmore; Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 37
Applying Project Management Tools and
Techniques in the Ecosystem Restoration Industry

STAN VERAART, PMP, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT

DONALD ROSS, CEO, EARTHBALANCE

The ecosystem restoration industry is a rapidly emerging industry that is firmly rooted in science. Increasing threats to and destruction of our ecosystems make us realize that restoring the building blocks of our biological life support system—our planet’s ecosystems—is becoming a necessity. This industry therefore is of importance now and in the future.

Implementing ecosystem restoration projects can be a challenge. The management methodology currently applied in this industry is Adaptive Management, which is explained below. Project implementation has to proceed concurrently with finding the path that will lead you to the desired results. Before we take a look at applying project management tools and techniques in the ecosystem restoration industry, let’s have a quick look at what this industry does.


THE NATURE OF THE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION INDUSTRY

An ecosystem is the complex community of organisms and their environment functioning as an ecological unit. Restoration is defined as the return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its condition prior to disturbance. In restoration, ecological damage to the resource is repaired. Both the structure and the functions of the ecosystem are recreated. The goal is to emulate a natural, functioning, self-regulating system that is integrated with the ecological landscape in which it occurs.

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