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Lessons learned from rapid environmental risk assessments for prioritization of alien species using expert panels
Verbrugge, L.N.H.; de Hoop, L.; Aukema, R.; Beringen, R.; Creemers, R.C.M.; van Duinen, G.A.; Hollander, H.; de Hullu, E.; Scherpenisse, M.; Spikmans, F; Van Turnhout, C.A.M.; Wijnhoven, S.; Leuven, R.S.E.W. (2019). Lessons learned from rapid environmental risk assessments for prioritization of alien species using expert panels. J. Environ. Manage. 249: 109405. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109405
In: Journal of Environmental Management. Academic Press: London; New York. ISSN 0301-4797; e-ISSN 1095-8630, more
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Author keywords
    Ecosystem services; Ecological impact; Expert knowledge; Management feasibility; Non-native species; Socio-economic impact

Authors  Top 
  • Verbrugge, L.N.H.
  • de Hoop, L.
  • Aukema, R.
  • Beringen, R.
  • Creemers, R.C.M.
  • van Duinen, G.A.
  • Hollander, H.
  • de Hullu, E.
  • Scherpenisse, M.
  • Spikmans, F
  • Van Turnhout, C.A.M.
  • Wijnhoven, S., more
  • Leuven, R.S.E.W.

Abstract
    Limiting the spread and impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) on biodiversity and ecosystems has become a goal of global, regional and national biodiversity policies. Evidence based management of IAS requires support by risk assessments, which are often based on expert judgment. We developed a tool to prioritize potentially new IAS based on their ecological risks, socio-economic impact and feasibility of management using multidisciplinary expert panels. Nine expert panels reviewed scientific studies, grey literature and expert knowledge for 152 species. The quality assessment of available knowledge revealed a lack of peer-reviewed data and high dependency on best professional judgments, especially for impacts on ecosystem services and feasibility of management. Expert consultation is crucial for conducting and validating rapid assessments of alien species. There is still a lack of attention for systematic and methodologically sound assessment of impacts on ecosystem services and weighting negative and positive effects of alien species.

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