The ability of a habitat, community or individual (or individual colony) of species to redress damage sustained as a result of an external factor.
Recoverability is only applicable if and when the impacting factor has been removed or has stopped. Ranks also only refer to the recoverability potential of a species, based on their reproductive biology etc.
|Rank||Definition (from Hiscock et al., 1999)|
|None||Recovery is not possible|
|Very low / none||Partial recovery is only likely to occur after about 10 years and full recovery may take over 25 years or never occur.|
|Low||Only partial recovery is likely within 10 years and full recovery is likely to take up to 25 years.|
|Moderate||Only partial recovery is likely within 5 years and full recovery is likely to take up to 10 years.|
|High||Full recovery will occur but will take many months (or more likely years) but should be complete within about five years.|
|Very high||Full recovery is likely within a few weeks or at most 6 months.|
|Immediate||Recovery immediate or within a few days.|
|Not relevant||For when intolerance is not relevant or cannot be assessed. Recoverability cannot have a value if there is no "intolerance" and is thus "Not relevant".|
|Insufficient information||Insufficient information|