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resilience
Ecological resilience can be defined in two ways. The first is a measure of the magnitude of disturbance that can be absorbed before the (eco)system changes its structure by changing the variables and processes that control behaviour. The second, a more traditional meaning, is as a measure of resistance to disturbance and the speed of return to the equilibrium state of an ecosystem. [definition source: Convention of Biological Diversity Secretariat.]

Terminology source: http://glossary.eea.europa.eu

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