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An effective set of principles for practical implementation of marine cumulative effects assessment

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare A. D. Judd
Thomas Backhaus
F. Goodsir
Publicerad i Environmental Science & Policy
Volym 54
Sidor 254-262
ISSN 1462-9011
Publiceringsår 2015
Publicerad vid Institutionen för biologi och miljövetenskap
Sidor 254-262
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2015.07...
Ämnesord Cumulative effect, Environmental risk, Assessment, Marine, HUMAN PRESSURES, MANAGEMENT, ECOSYSTEM, IMPACT
Ämneskategorier Marin ekologi


The term "cumulative effects assessment" is frequently used yet the underlying principles and definitions are poorly specified. Consequently, there is no consistency or standardisation in approaches leaving marine managers and developers perplexed on how best to discharge their legal obligations to undertake cumulative effects assessment. This paper explores some of the origins of the terminology and re-interprets how these may best be applied to standardise the vocabulary and approaches to cumulative effects assessment. We define cumulative effects assessment as a systematic procedure for identifying and evaluating the significance of effects from multiple sources/activities and for providing an estimate on the overall expected impact to inform management measures. The analysis of the causes (source of pressures and effects), pathways and consequences of these effects on receptors is an essential and integral part of the process. Environmental risk assessment concepts, in particular sound problem formulation, have been used to provide a clear structure for cumulative effects assessment. We recommend that risk screening, prioritisation and evaluation should be a critical component of cumulative effects assessment to facilitate a filtering of the complex issues for consideration of the likelihood of exposure of receptors to pressures and the likelihood of a receptor responding to those pressures. This paper is intended to provide practical assistance to marine environmental impact assessment practitioners, marine environmental regulators and policy makers. Crown Copyright (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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