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9.3 Ecological processes



To score ecological processes, experts will follow these steps:

  1. Estimate a consensus score for the condition of ecological processes in the Best 10% and Worst 10% of the habitat (eg. relative to 1900).  Score both the area and condition of ecological processes; for example if it is estimated that human activities have caused the ecological processes to no longer occur in 10% or more of the places where it did occur relative to the benchmark date, then the Worst 10% of that ecological process will have a score of 1.

  2. Estimate a consensus score for the condition of the ecological process in Most areas (eg. relative to 1900).

  3. Assign a Confidence grade for the Condition estimates (High, Medium, Low).

  4. Estimate the trends for each of Best 10%, Worst 10%, Most (Improving, Declining, Stable) over the last 5 years.

  5. Assign a Confidence grade for the Trend estimates (High, Medium, Low).

  6. Identify the main anchor references, and any commentary/notes in any relevant column for the habitat.

 

Ecological Processes

Grading statements for the main ecological processes, and affects from human activities

Very Good (7-8)

There are no significant changes in ecological processes or ecosystem services as a result of human activities

Good (5-6)

There are some significant changes in ecological processes as a result of human activities in some areas, but these are not to the extent that they are significantly affecting ecosystem functions

Poor (3-4)

There are substantial changes in ecological processes as a result of human activities, and these are significantly affecting ecosystem functions in some areas

Very Poor (1-2)

There are substantial changes in ecological processes across a wide area of the region as a result of human activities, and ecosystem function is seriously affected in much of the region