Environmental Management

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 773–783 | Cite as

Importance of insects in environmental impact assessment

  • David M. Rosenberg
  • H. V. Danks
  • Dennis M. Lehmkuhl
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Abstract

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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Rosenberg
    • 1
  • H. V. Danks
    • 2
  • Dennis M. Lehmkuhl
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Fisheries and OceansFreshwater InstituteWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods)National Museum of Natural SciencesOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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