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

Sonia Vanderhoeven, Tim Adriaens, Bram D'hondt, Hans Van Gossum, Maurits Vandegehuchte, Hugo Verreycken, Julien Cigar, Etienne Branquart

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalManagement of Biological Invasions
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)197–208
    Number of pages12
    ISSN1989-8649
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Thematic list

    • Invasive species (species diversity)
    • Invasive species (nature management)
    • Invasive species (management)
    • Invasive species (damage management)
    • Prevention

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B003-ecology
    • B004-botany
    • B005-zoology

    Policy

    • biodiversity policy

    Geographic list

    • Belgium

    Free keywords

    • invasive species
    • risk assessment
    • prioritization
    • decision making

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