Advancing risk assessment science

Environment

BREAK-OUT SESSION

Wednesday 19 September 2018 / 08:30 - 17:30

Environmental risk assessment (ERA) plays an important role in environmental protection by evaluating how likely it is that the environment, including biodiversity and ecosystems, may be affected by an activity. A potential avenue to the advancement of ERA is the consideration of ecosystem services, which are the benefits that humankind derives from healthy functioning ecosystems, as this would relate ERA directly and transparently to protection goals. The ecosystem services concept provides a comprehensive framework for evaluating the services provided by ecosystems, and for ensuring that society maintains a healthy and resilient natural environment for future generations. While the ecosystem services concept holds much promise for environmental decision-making, putting the concept into practice can entail challenges due to the complexities of ecosystem components and their interactions, and lack of understanding of how specific activities may impact the delivery of ecosystem services across different spatial scales. This session will address the opportunities and challenges involved in applying the ecosystem services concept to ERA and risk management.

In the context of emerging technologies being applied in practice, this session will also discuss ERA needs for the diverse array of products on the horizon. Problem formulation, which is a process for incorporating legal, social and scientific considerations into the planning for an ERA, will be used to formally identify the types of information that will be useful in conducting such assessments. In addition, the usefulness of new tools and approaches for more integrated and predictive ERAs will be explored.

 

Chair
Anthony Hardy Formerly of EFSA's Scientific Committee
Chair
Silvia Pieper German Environment Agency
08:30-08:35

Opening of the morning part of the session and welcome

Silvia Pieper

German Environment Agency
08:35-09:10

The elusive links between biodiversity, multifunctionality and ecosystem services

Lijbert Brussaard

Wageningen University & Research
09:10-09:35

Opportunities for and implications of including ecosystem services in risk assessments and risk management of regulated stressors

Wayne R Munns Jr

US Environmental Protection Agency
09:35-10:00

Challenges in applying the ecosystem service approach to risk assessments of regulated stressors

Valery E Forbes

University of Minnesota
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-10:55

Ecosystem services-based environmental risk assessment for regulated stressors: Learnings from case studies on pesticides in agricultural systems

Anne Alix

DowDuPont
10:55-11:20

Valuing nature’s contributions to people: The approach of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Marie Stenseke

University of Gothenburg
11:20-12:10

Moderated Panel discussion

Moderator: Anthony Hardy

Formerly of EFSA's Scientific Committee

Panellists

Anne Alix

DowDuPont

Lijbert Brussaard

Wageningen University & Research

Valery E Forbes

University of Minnesota

Wayne R Munns Jr

US Environmental Protection Agency

Marie Stenseke

University of Gothenburg
12:10-12:15

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Silvia Pieper

German Environment Agency
12:15-13:45 Lunch and poster exhibit
Chair
Catherine Ganzleben European Environment Agency
Chair
Juliane Kleiner European Food Safety Authority
13:45-13:50

Opening of the afternoon part of the session and welcome

Juliane Kleiner

European Food Safety Authority
13:50-14:15

Using problem formulation to construct fit-for-purpose environmental risk assessments of regulated stressors

Mónica García Alonso

Estel Consult
14:15-14:35

Problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of insecticidal RNAi-based genetically modified plants and RNAi-based pesticides: Effects on non-target arthropods

Jörg Romeis

Agroscope
14:35-14:55

Environmental risk assessment of neonicotinoid insecticides for bees: A retrospective analysis of the problem formulation

Alessio Ippolito

European Food Safety Authority
14:55-15:15

Current scientific developments in the environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials

Claus Svendsen

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:05

Problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of GM growth-enhanced coho salmon

Rosalind Leggatt

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
16:05-16:25

Problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of gene drive modified mosquitoes

Andrew Roberts

ILSI Research Foundation
16:25-16:45

Problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of weed biological control agents: Insects and fungi vs weeds

Richard Shaw

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International
16:45-17:05

Landscape-scale population-level environmental risk assessment: Current status and challenges

Christopher Topping

Aarhus University
17:05-17:25

Moderated Panel discussion

Moderator: Wendy Craig

International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology

Panellists

Philip Macdonald

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Jörg Romeis

Agroscope
17:25-17:30

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Catherine Ganzleben

European Environment Agency
17:30-18:00 Poster exhibit and poster pitches

rapporteurs

Yann Devos European Food Safety Authority
Ciro Gardi European Food Safety Authority
Reinhilde Schoonjans European Food Safety Authority
Franz Streissl European Food Safety Authority

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