Which sectors/pressures are impacting which ecological components?

Identifying which sectors and pressures are impacting which ecological components starts with identifying which sectors are present in your assessment area. The ODEMM Linkage Framework can then be used to identify all of the links between sectors, pressures, ecological components and MSFD GES Descriptors. The Linkage Framework gives a holistic overview of all the potential interactions in the system. To develop this further, the Pressure Assessment can then be used to begin to weight the impact of the sectors and pressures which occur. The Pressure Assessment illustrates a broad picture of all the pressures that occur together in a system. It may also be useful to further rank these pressures in some way to prioritise management. The Risk Assessment quantifies the Pressure Assessment results and can give a relative risk value of pressures in the system and which sectors contribute these.