Improving the applicability of quantitative ecological risk assessment tools-understanding demand-side changes

Gibbs, Mark T. (2010) Improving the applicability of quantitative ecological risk assessment tools-understanding demand-side changes. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 16(2), pp. 226-235.

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Quantitative ecological risk assessment (ERA) methods are the tools of choice for many natural resource management agencies and practitioners. However, a number of researchers and practitioners have recently highlighted that the application of quantitative ERA tools has perhaps been somewhat limited and this has stimulated discussion on the limitations of these methods, considered to be supply-side limitations in this analysis. By contrast, it is argued here that the demand for risk assessment tools has also changed substantively and this also acts to limit the use of ERA approaches. In particular, demand has changed through an increasing expectation that quantitative ERA tools will be able to capture ecosystem-scale, and sometimes global-scale interactions to support ecosystem-based management approaches. Similarly, the burgeoning use of market-based policy instruments often underpinned by the allocation of private property rights to an increasing number of ecosystem goods and services has fundamentally changed many natural resource management issues into allocation conflicts between alternate rights-holders. These demand-side changes represent both an opportunity and a challenge for developers of quantitative ERA tools.

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ID Code: 97782
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Decision analysis, Ecological risk assessment, Environmental management, Risk assessment, Tools
DOI: 10.1080/10807031003670261
ISSN: 1080-7039
Copyright Owner: 2010 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2016 23:41
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 05:05

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