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Improving invasive species management by integrating priorities and contributions of scientists and decision makers

N'Guyen, Anouk and Hirsch, Philipp and Adrian-Kalchhauser, Irene and Burkhardt-Holm, Patricia. (2016) Improving invasive species management by integrating priorities and contributions of scientists and decision makers. Ambio, 45 (3). pp. 280-289.

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Abstract

Managing invasive species is a major challenge for society. In the case of newly established invaders, rapid action is key for a successful management. Here, we develop, describe and recommend a three-step transdisciplinary process (the “butterfly model”) to rapidly initiate action for invasion management. In the framing of a case study, we present results from the first of these steps: assessing priorities and contributions of both scientists and decision makers. Both scientists and decision makers prioritise research on prevention. The available scientific knowledge contributions, however, are publications on impacts rather than prevention of the invasive species. The contribution of scientific knowledge does thus not reflect scientists’ perception of what is essentially needed. We argue that a more objective assessment and transparent communication of not only decision makers’ but also scientists’ priorities is an essential basis for a successful cooperation. Our three-step model can help achieve objectivity via transdisciplinary communication.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Mensch Gesellschaft Umwelt MGU > Aquatische Ökologie (Holm)
UniBasel Contributors:Holm, Patricia and Hirsch, Philipp and Adrian-Kalchhauser, Irene and N'Guyen van Chinh, Anouk and Gogel, Christine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0044-7447
e-ISSN:1654-7209
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:23 May 2018 07:51
Deposited On:05 Apr 2016 14:47

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