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Driver

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Any natural or human-induced factor that directly or indirectly causes a change.

Source: MA  Glossary

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In the context of ecosystems:

A direct driver is a driver that unequivocally influences ecosystem processes and can therefore be identified and measured to differing degrees of accuracy. [Important direct drivers include habitat change, climate change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, and pollution.]

An indirect driver is a driver that operates by altering the level or rate of change of one or more direct drivers. [Important indirect drivers include changes in population, economic activity, and technology, as well as socio-political and cultural factors.]

Source: MA  Glossary

Related words:

Ecosystem change - Ecosystem(s)

Translation(s):

Español: Generador de cambio (de los ecosistemas)
Français: Facteur de changement (dans un écosystème)
Nederlands: Aandrijver

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