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A science-based approach to tackle invasive alien species in Belgium – the role of the ISEIA protocol and the Harmonia information system as decision support tools
Vanderhoeven, S.; Adriaens, T.; D’hondt, B.; Van Gossum, H.; Vandegehuchte, M.; Verreycken, H.; Cigar, J.; Branquart, E. (2015). A science-based approach to tackle invasive alien species in Belgium – the role of the ISEIA protocol and the Harmonia information system as decision support tools. Manag. Biol. Inv. 6(2): 197–208. hdl.handle.net/10.3391/mbi.2015.6.2.10
In: Management of Biological Invasions. Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC): Helsinki. ISSN 1989-8649, more
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Keywords
    Decision making; Risk assessment
Author keywords
    Prioritization

Authors  Top 
  • Vanderhoeven, S., more
  • Adriaens, T., more
  • D’hondt, B., more
  • Van Gossum, H., more
  • Vandegehuchte, M.
  • Verreycken, H., more
  • Cigar, J.
  • Branquart, E., more

Abstract
    A coherent response to biological invasions involves science-based, up-to-date prioritization tools alongside information transfer to relevant authorities and stakeholders. Here, we describe how the collaboration between scientists and policy makers in Belgium has allowed the development of decision support tools regarding invasive alien species. We present the environmental impact assessment protocol ISEIA and comment on its applications. Furthermore, we describe and provide metadata for the information system Harmonia which was developed to disseminate this information to a diverse audience. Using several examples of initiatives addressing the threat of invasive alien species in Belgium, we show how these tools have been instrumental in strengthening capacity of the scientific community, authorities and stakeholders in Belgium on addressing the invasive alien species issue.

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