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tipping point

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A set of conditions of an ecological or social system where further perturbation will cause rapid change and prevent the system from returning to its former state.

Africa assessment, Asia-Pacific assessment, Land degradation and restoration assessment, Americas assessment, Global assessment (1st work programme), Europe and Central Asia assessment, Sustainable use assessment

A level of change in system properties beyond which a system reorganizes, often abruptly, and does not return to the initial state even if the drivers of the change are abated.

IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop on biodiversity and climate change IPCC, 2019c