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Main Title Can NEPA Protect Biodiversity.
Author Henderson, S. ; Noss, R. F. ; Ross, P. ;
CORP Author Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;NSI Technology Services Corp., Corvallis, OR.
Publisher 1989
Year Published 1989
Report Number EPA/600/D-90/145;
Stock Number PB90-263955
Additional Subjects Genetics ; Ecology ; Evolution(Development) ; National Environmental Policy Act ; Biodiversity ; Species diversity ; Conservation
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB90-263955 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 20p
Biodiversity has emerged as a prominent issue in the scientific and conservation communities, and is of increasing concern to the general public. As with other 'new' environmental problems (e.g., global climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion), biodiversity is difficult to evaluate because it involves slow, cumulative, complex effects that are unquestionably serious but difficult to document. Unlike 'traditional' pollution concerns, these new problems are not confined to one location or tied to one development or industry but are regional or global in scope. Given scientific uncertainty about cause-effect relationships, it is very difficult to formulate environmental policy or regulations that adequately address the problem. Biodiversity is also a very broad issue, involving aspects of species richness, species composition, genetic variation, habitat structure, landscape pattern, and ecological and evolutionary processes. Although components of biodiversity are addressed by various pieces of environmental legislation, a comprehensive approach is lacking. A new interpretation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) could involve the recognition of particular attributes or 'indicators' of biodiversity to address in the environmental assessment and review process. A hierarchical framework of compositional, structural, and functional biodiversity from which measurable indicators can be selected, is presented.