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Curbing the Major and Growing Threats from Invasive Alien Species is Urgent and Achievable


Helen E. Roy, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Aníbal Pauchard, Universidad de Concepcion
Peter J. Stoett, Ontario Tech University
Tanara Renard Truong, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Laura A. Meyerson, The University of Rhode Island
Sven Bacher, University of Fribourg
Bella S. Galil, Tel Aviv University
Philip E. Hulme, Lincoln University
Tohru Ikeda, Hokkaido University
Sankaran Kavileveettil, Kerala Forest Research Institute
Melodie A. McGeoch, La Trobe University
Martin A. Nuñez, Universidad Nacional del Comahue
Alejandro Ordonez, Aarhus Universitet
Sebataolo J. Rahlao, Oceanographic Research Institute
Evangelina Schwindt, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
Hanno Seebens, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Andy W. Sheppard, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Vigdis Vandvik, Universitetet i Bergen
Alla Aleksanyan, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
Michael Ansong, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
Tom August, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Ryan Blanchard, South African Environmental Observation Network
Ernesto Brugnoli, Universidad de la Republica
John K. Bukombe, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute
Bridget Bwalya, University of Zambia
Chaeho Byun, Andong National University
Morelia Camacho-Cervantes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Phillip Cassey, The University of Adelaide
María L. Castillo, Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Stanislav Ksenofontov, University of Northern IowaFollow

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Nature Ecology and Evolution


Although invasive alien species have long been recognized as a major threat to nature and people, until now there has been no comprehensive global review of the status, trends, drivers, impacts, management and governance challenges of biological invasions. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Speciesand Their Control (hereafter ‘IPBES invasive alien species assessment’) drew on more than 13,000 scientific publications and reports in 15 languages as well as Indigenous and local knowledge on all taxa, ecosystems and regions across the globe. Therefore, it provides unequivocal evidence of the major and growing threat of invasive alien species alongside ambitious but realistic approaches to manage biological invasions. The extent of the threat and impacts has been recognized by the 143 member states of IPBES who approved the summary for policymakers of this assessment. Here, the authors of the IPBES assessment outline the main findings of the IPBES invasive alien species assessment and highlight the urgency to act now.


Department of Geography

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