Restoration of degraded or destroyed ecosystems requires reestablishing fundamental ecosystem processes using effective and efficient approaches. Undertaking ecosystem restoration involves answering integral questions such as what restoration approaches should be employed, and where and how should those approaches be implemented?

ESSA has a long history of developing and facilitating collaborative restoration efforts, and designing decision support tools to inform ecosystem restoration planning.

Prior to initiation of restoration, ESSA facilitators have worked with stakeholder and technical working groups to foster collaborative efforts. ESSA also uses ecosystem modelling to provide insight into potential outcomes under a variety of restoration scenarios. Employing such techniques, we are able to inform restoration plan development, reduce uncertainties in potential outcomes, and ensure limited resources are applied effectively.

ESSA has designed robust monitoring and evaluation programs that highlight which parts of the restoration plan produce the most desirable outcomes and where adjustment is required. Recognized as a leader in the area of adaptive monitoring, ESSA has designed and informed plans in Canada and the United States, including the Colombia and Trinity river basins.