NUEVA PUBLICACIÓN DE InvaNET: «The economic costs of biological invasions around the world»

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Taken together, all publications in this special issue “The Economic Cost of Biological Invasions Around the World” estimate global realized and potential economic impacts of biological invasions around US$2.3 trillion (2017 US dollars) (Table 1, excluding overlapping costs between countries and supra-national regions). However, at the same time, one of the most common themes across all the publications in this special issue is that the true economic costs are underreported, as cost data were unavailable for many groups (e.g., microorganisms), systems (e.g., marine) and regions (e.g., Central America). This special issue highlights the need to publicly document the high economic impact that alien species can have on people’s lives, especially since the number of biological invasions is projected to increase (Seebens et al. 2017; Essl et al. 2020). To achieve this, it is imperative that researchers and practitioners collaborate on the assessment and reporting of economic costs of biological invasions. More and better data are needed to evaluate the costs and benefits of IAS management actions, and these costs need improved documentation.

Zenni R.D., Essl F., García-Berthou E. & McDermott S.M. 2021. The economic costs of biological invasions around the world. NeoBiota 67: 1-9. [.HTML[.PDF]