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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

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Abatement Cost search for term

See 'Marginal Abatement Costs'

Abiotic search for term

Referring to the physical (non-living) environment, for example, temperature, moisture, light, or natural mineral substances.

Abundance search for term

The total number of individuals of a taxon or taxa in an area, population, or community. Relative abundance refers to the total number of individuals of one taxon compared with the total number of individuals of all other taxa in an area, volume, or community.

Adaptation search for term

Adjustment in natural or human systems to a new or changing environment.

Adaptive Capacity search for term

The ability of ecosystems and social systems, to adjust and renew as a response to contextual changes. The term can be distinguished from coping capacity, which is defined as the ability to deal with changes, especially those relating to climate, as they actually happen.

Adaptive Management search for term

A systematic process for continually improving management policies and practices by learning from the outcomes of previously employed policies and practices. In active adaptive management, management is treated as a deliberate experiment for purposes of learning and achieving a desired goal.

Afforestation search for term

Planting of forests on land that has historically not contained forests (as opposed to Reforestation).

Agricultural Biodiversity search for term

The biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems (including domestic animals and cultivated plants, e.g. crop plants).

Agro-biodiversity search for term

The biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems (including domestic animals and cultivated plants, e.g. crop plants).

Agro-ecosystem search for term

An ecosystem, in which usually domesticated plants and animals and other life forms are managed for the production of food, fibre and other materials that support human life.

Alien Invasive Species search for term

See 'Invasive Alien Species'

Alien Species search for term

A plant or animal whose distribution is outside its natural range; alien species are frequently introduced by human activity.

Analysis search for term

The process of breaking a complex topic or substance into its constituent elements in order to gain a better understanding of the nature and meaning of its essential features and their relations.

Aquaculture search for term

Breeding and rearing of aquatic organisms (fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants) in ponds, enclosures, or other forms of confinement in either fresh or marine waters for direct harvest of the product.

Assemblage search for term

A group of organisms from either one taxon (e.g. birds) or from several different taxa.

Assessment search for term

A social process whereby researchers and policy makers come together to review the available evidence and information with a view to identifying the status and trends in some system of interest, and in order to identify appropriate response options. In contrast to pure research, assessments aim to communicate existing knowledge, so that it is made relevant and helpful to an inexpert decision maker.

Asset search for term

Ecological assets are the stocks of potential services an ecosystem might provide, given a specific structure or condition. In economic terms, these represent the ‘wealth’ of the ecosystem.

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