Environmental Management

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 773-783

First online:

Importance of insects in environmental impact assessment

  • David M. RosenbergAffiliated withDepartment of Fisheries and Oceans, Freshwater Institute
  • , H. V. DanksAffiliated withBiological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), National Museum of Natural Sciences
  • , Dennis M. LehmkuhlAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, University of Saskatchewan

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Insects are particularly suited for use in environmental impact assessment (e.i.a.) because of their high species diversity, ubiquitous occurrence, and importance in the functioning of natural ecosystems. Examples are given of the use of insects in the predictive phase of e.i.a., in the monitoring and assessment phase, and in the much rarer instance of an e.i.a. that includes both of these phases. The importance of working at the species level to understanding the results of e.i.a. is emphasized.

Key words

Insects Environmental impact assessment Prediction Monitoring and assessment Species-level identifications