7. Monitoring Trends in Biological Invasion, its Impact and Policy Responses

  1. Ben Collen5,
  2. Nathalie Pettorelli5,
  3. Jonathan E. M. Baillie6 and
  4. Sarah M. Durant5
  1. Piero Genovesi1,
  2. Stuart H. M. Butchart2,
  3. Melodie A. McGeoch3 and
  4. David B. Roy4

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch7

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

How to Cite

Genovesi, P., Butchart, S. H. M., McGeoch, M. A. and Roy, D. B. (2013) Monitoring Trends in Biological Invasion, its Impact and Policy Responses, in Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action (eds B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, J. E. M. Baillie and S. M. Durant), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

  2. 6

    Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group; ISPRA, Via Curtatone 3, I-00185 Rome, Italy

  2. 2

    BirdLife International, Wellbrook Court, Cambridge, CB3 0NA, UK

  3. 3

    Centre for Invasion Biology and Cape Research Centre, South African National Parks, P.O. Box 216, Steenberg 7947, South Africa

  4. 4

    Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332919

Online ISBN: 9781118490747

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Keywords:

  • biodiversity;
  • biological invasion;
  • ecosystem;
  • invasion indicators;
  • invasive alien species (IAS);
  • policy responses;
  • Red List Index

Summary

Biological invasions are a major threat to biological diversity and to human well-being, affecting all regions of the world, and all ecosystems. The global community has committed to prevent and mitigate the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS), and to monitor trends in invasions. Following a review of a range of candidates, the development of four indicators of invasions was prioritized in light of data availability and the practicality of reporting against the 2010 target. These comprise a measure of the state of the problem (the number of IAS per country), a measure of the pressures IAS place on biodiversity (the Red List Index of impacts of IAS), and two measures of responses to the problem (trends in the number of international agreements relevant to reducing threats to biodiversity from IAS, and trends in the adoption of national legislation relevant to the control of IAS).