Publication Type:

Journal Article


Restoration Ecology (2020)


Addressing socio‐economic factors in ecological restoration projects is critical for the effectiveness of restoration practices and scaling of restoration efforts. To achieve sustainability of restoration projects, the drivers of human activity leading to the degradation need to be addressed. An under researched concept in ecological restoration is the impact of behavior change of stakeholders and communities involved, despite the strong link prior research has shown to exist between environmental quality and human behavior. This article explores the importance of addressing the behavioral change of stakeholders engaged in restoration to achieve sustainability of efforts; it investigates how behavior change models are linked and represented in global environmental governance documents, and it discusses how behavioral intervention and policy instruments could be included in ecological restoration projects. For future work, the article proposes the integration of behavior change interventions in the design of restoration projects and policies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Cite this Research Publication

E. Lengefeld, Metternicht, G., and Prof. Prema Nedungadi, “Behavior change and sustainability of ecological restoration projects”, Restoration Ecology, 2020.