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the top 20 issues

Caffrey, Joe M. and Edsman, Lennart and Lucy, Frances E. (2014). Tackling invasive alien species in Europe. Management of Biological Invasions. 5 :1 , 1-20
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3391/mbi.2014.5.1.01


Globally, Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be one of the major threats to native biodiversity, with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) citing their impacts as ‘immense, insidious, and usually irreversible’. It is estimated that 11% of the c. 12,000 alien species in Europe are invasive, causing environmental, economic and social damage; and it is reasonable to expect that the rate of biological invasions into Europe will increase in the coming years. In order to assess the current position regarding IAS in Europe and to determine the issues that were deemed to be most important or critical regarding these damaging species, the international Freshwater Invasives - Networking for Strategy (FINS) conference was convened in Ireland in April 2013. Delegates from throughout Europe and invited speakers from around the world were brought together for the conference. These comprised academics, applied scientists, policy makers, politicians, practitioners and representative stakeholder groups. A horizon scanning and issue prioritization approach was used by in excess of 100 expert delegates in a workshop setting to elucidate the Top 20 IAS issues in Europe. These issues do not focus solely on freshwater habitats and taxa but relate also to marine and terrestrial situations. The Top 20 issues that resulted represent a tool for IAS management and should also be used to support policy makers as they prepare European IAS legislation.

Authors/Creators:Caffrey, Joe M. and Edsman, Lennart and Lucy, Frances E.
Title:Tackling invasive alien species in Europe
Subtitle:the top 20 issues
Series Name/Journal:Management of Biological Invasions
Year of publishing :2014
Page range:1-20
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC)
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
M Aquatic sciences and fisheries > M40 Aquatic ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Agrovoc terms:invasive species, risk factors, europe
Keywords:EU legislation, biosecurity, early warning, economic analysis, horizon scanning, knowledge exchange, rapid response, risk assessment, networking
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ID Code:12219
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources
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Deposited On:03 Jun 2015 08:31
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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