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ecological breakpoint or threshold

Alternative name(s): socio-ecological breakpoint or threshold

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The point at which a relatively small change in external conditions causes a rapid change in an ecosystem. When an ecological threshold has been passed, the ecosystem may no longer be able to return to its state by means of its inherent resilience.

Sustainable use assessment, Scenarios and models assessment, Pollination assessment, Land degradation and restoration assessment, Americas assessment