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Introduction to the Paradigm: Ecocultural Restorative Redevelopment as a Guiding Principle in Rebuilding Devastated Landscapes in Uncertain Times
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One of the modern founding fathers of environmental restoration considered landscape degradation “a universal concomitant of human societies” (Bradshaw 2002). Indeed, estimates are that over 40 percent of the earth’s terrestrial surface may have a diminished capacity to sustain human life due to recent impacts of degradation (Daity 1995). No wonder, then, that pioneering restorationist and environmental ethicist Aldo Leopold would make reference to our damaged “world of wounds.”