Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 471–477

Assisted Migration, Risks and Scientific Uncertainty, and Ethics: A Comment on Albrecht et al.’s Review Paper

Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10806-014-9493-z

Cite this article as:
Ahteensuu, M. & Lehvävirta, S. J Agric Environ Ethics (2014) 27: 471. doi:10.1007/s10806-014-9493-z


In response to Albrecht et al.’s (J Agric Environ Ethics 26(4):827–845, 2013) discussion on the ethics of assisted migration, we emphasize the issues of risk and scientific uncertainty as an inextricable part of a comprehensive ethical evaluation. Insisting on a separation of risk and ethical considerations, although arguably common in many policy contexts, is at best misguided and at worst damaging.


Assisted migrationEthicsRiskScientific uncertaintyPrecautionary principle

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Assisted Migration Research Program, Botany Unit, Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland