Ecological Recovery and Resilience in Environmental Risk Assessments at the European Food Safety Authority

Theo Brock*, Franz Bigler, Geoff Frampton, Christer Hogstrand, Robert Luttik, Fabrice Martin-Laurent, Christopher John Topping, Wopke van der Werf, Agnes Rortais

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A conceptual framework was developed by a working group of the Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to guide risk assessors and risk managers on when and how to integrate ecological recovery and resilience assessments into environmental risk assessments (ERA). In this commentary we advocate that a systems approach is required to integrate the diversity of ecosystem services (ES) providing units, environmental factors, scales, and stressor-related responses necessary to address the context dependency of recovery and resilience in agricultural landscapes. A future challenge in the resilience assessment remains to identify the relevant bundles of ecosystem services provided by different types of agroecosystem that need to be assessed in concert. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018;14:586–591.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-591
JournalIntegrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Ecological resilience
  • Ecosystem services delivery
  • Internal and external recovery
  • Normal operating range
  • Systems approach

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