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EEF 2019 | 15th EEF – European Ecological Federation Congress

Managing biological invasions and their impacts in the Anthropocene

Speakers

Joana R. Vicente | Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (InBIO-CIBIO)

João P. Honrado | Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (InBIO-CIBIO)

A. Sofia Vaz | Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (InBIO-CIBIO) & University of Granada, Department of Botany & iecolab, Interuniversitary Institute for Earth System Research (IISTA) 

Ana Nuno | Centre for Ecology and Conservation, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

César Capinha | CIBIO/InBio, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Laboratório Associado,  Instituto Superior de Agronomia & Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, Universidade de Lisboa

Hélia Marchante | Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, ESAC, Centre for Functional Ecology

Nuno Sá | Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, ESAC, Centre for Functional Ecology & Institute of Environmental Sciences CML, Leiden University

Joana Ribeiro | CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto & CEABN/InBIO, Centro de Ecologia Aplicada, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa

Luís Reino | CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto & CEABN/InBIO, Centro de Ecologia Aplicada, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa

 

Abstract

Alien species, and particularly those that became (or may become) invasive, represent a major challenge to policy and management in the Anthropocene. The introduction of those species mainly results from human actions, such as species trade or land management. Besides direct and indirect effects on native species and biotic communities, invasive alien species have impacts on ecosystem functioning and services, constituting a serious threat to the conservation of biodiversity and natural habitats as well as to the sustainable use of natural resources. 

The importance of prevention and early detection for managing alien invasive species at appropriate scales has been highlighted in the recent European Union regulation on Invasive Alien Species (No 1143/2014). Effective approaches to improve the management of invasions at the multiple relevant scales are thus needed, not only to anticipate future invasions and their impacts on ecosystems and their services, but also to support the mitigation and adaption of such impacts in areas where invasive species are already established. 

This symposium proposes to address the complex challenges associated to the multi-scale management of biological invasions and of their impacts. It welcomes studies where theoretical research is translated into more practical management strategies to deal with invasions at any relevant scale. Recent insights from remote sensing, habitat modelling, environmental genomics, and the social sciences are also opening new avenues to forecast new invasions, to assess and monitor established invaders, and to improve policy or governance mechanisms. Multidisciplinary approaches and studies with real-world applications, recommendations and solutions for managing alien species are particularly welcome!

 

Short Presentations

Modelling landscape invasion by alien plants: challenges and applications
Joana R. Vicente

Detection and modelling of plant invasions at regional and local scales
João P. Honrado

The role of biological invasions in biotic homogenization
César Capinha

Trends in legal and illegal trade of wild birds: a global assessment based on expert knowledge
Joana Ribeiro, Luís Reino, Ana Nuno

Can citizen science data feed species distribution models to guide the surveillance of invasive species?
Nuno Sá, Hélia Marchante

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