To provide a framework for conceptualising ‘enigmatic’ ecological impacts: impacts that are easily and often overlooked in conventional impact evaluations.
Type of Study:
Four categories of enigmatic impacts: framework identifies four categories of impact that are often overlooked or inadequately addressed in impact evaluations: (i) cumulative; (ii) offsite; (iii) cryptic; and (iv) secondary impacts. Interactions between multiple impacts may also be overlooked.
Adherence to the mitigation hierarchy; strategic and large-scale evaluation and planning; manage, concentrate, and protect; conserve wilderness or intactness; address historical impacts and mitigate co-occurring impacts; manage access; enhance evaluation; improve ethical and professional scientific practice; integrated use of available knowledge, precautions, decision-support tools, and projections; research to establish baselines and early warning indicators; address the triple bottom line; public participation; shift risks from society to the marketplace.
Response variable :
Ecological impacts of development
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