Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI) Approach
Process for Assessing Social Benefits of Ecological Restoration
The RBI approach is an easy-to-use process for assessing restoration sites using non-monetary benefit indicators. It uses readily-available data to estimate and quantify benefits to people around an ecological restoration site. Whether you are a federal, state, or local manager, or a member of an interest group or funding organization, this simple yet powerful site analysis will allow you and your stakeholders to systematically and equitably incorporate social benefits in restoration decisions.
The RBI allows users to quickly estimate and quantify benefits to people around an ecological restoration site. The new Spatial Analysis Toolset (ArcGIS toolbox) provides tools to compile these indicators for potential wetland restoration sites using ArcGIS and spatial datasets. The toolset can be used as an alternative to the spreadsheet-based checklist tool by using geospatial analysis to automate indicator estimation, which allows users to assess more sites in less time. The toolset can also be used in conjunction with the spreadsheet-based checklist tool, as both tools summarize results in a similar format.
Examples of how the RBI approach can be used for restoration projects:
- Prioritize restoration sites and projects
- Screen projects that may require further evaluation
- Justify funding requests
- Assess who may benefit the most from a project
- Evaluate tradeoffs
- Inform people about the benefits of restoration
- Evaluate what a project has accomplished
- Inform further planning
- Inform a structured decision making process or monetary evaluation
|01/04/2017||RBI Approach Tool, Manual, and Forms. This page provides the interactive tool with associated manual and an alternative to the interactive tool all in one location. Each component can also be accessed individually below:
|12/14/2017|| Approach Spatial Analysis Toolset and Manual. This page provides the toolset and associated manual in one location. The two can also be accessed separately below:
|01/04/2017||RBI Approach Guidebook. The guidebook presents the RBI approach using an example application to wetland restoration. In this guide, each step of the RBI approach is introduced by an overview section that summarizes the step and explains how to apply it. Following the full walkthrough of each step, you will find “Step in Action” pages that demonstrate how the step is applied in a real-world scenario, using an example application to freshwater wetland restoration in the Woonasquatucket River Watershed in Rhode Island, USA.|
|01/04/2017||RBI Approach Fact Sheet. This one-page document briefly describes the RBI approach and how it might be used.|
- Benefit Indicators for Flood Regulation Services of Wetlands: A Modeling Approach. This report describes a modeling process, following the RBI approach, used to develop indicators to assess increases in flood protection benefits from wetlands restoration.
- Barriers, Opportunities, and Strategies for Urban Ecosystem Restoration: Lessons Learned from Restoration Managers in Rhode Island, U.S.A. This report presents barriers, opportunities, and strategies for restoration projects and synthesizes lessons learned by restoration managers working in primarily urban settings.
- Manager Perspectives on Communication and Public Engagement in Ecological Restoration Project Success. This article focuses on the restoration community in Rhode Island to draw connections among communication, community involvement, and ecological restoration project success. Offering real-world examples drawn from interviews with 27 local, state, federal, and nonprofit restoration managers, it synthesizes the mechanisms that managers found effective.
- Management of Urban Ecosystem Restoration: Learning from Restoration Managers in Rhode Island, USA. The success of urban restoration projects—even those focused primarily on ecological targets—depends on community involvement and managers considering community needs. This work presents barriers for aquatic restoration projects in urban settings and strategies to overcome them. Based on lessons learned from managers’ work in urban settings, we present an adaptive management approach to decision making for urban aquatic restoration.