Policy-oriented research in invasion science: trends, status, gaps, and lessons

Pinto, Eva M.; Vaz, A. Sofia; Honrado, João P.; Roy, Helen E.; Pauchard, Anibal; Stoett, Peter; Shackleton, Ross T.; Richardson, David M.; Vicente, Joana R.. 2022 Policy-oriented research in invasion science: trends, status, gaps, and lessons. BioScience, 72 (11). 1074-1087.

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Invasive alien species are a major driver of global environmental change. Escalating globalization processes such as international trade and long-distance transport have contributed to an increase in the ecological, economic, and sociocultural impacts of biological invasions. As a result, their management has become an increasingly relevant topic on environmental policy agendas. To better understand the role of policy in invasion science and to identify trends and gaps in policy-oriented research, a systematic literature review was conducted covering 2135 publications. The results highlight that international policy instruments are contributing to an increased interest in pursuing policy-oriented research. Specifically, key historical periods in policy development (e.g., the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP10 in 2010) coincide with periods of active policy-focused research in invasion science. Research is, however, more applied to local scales (i.e., subnational, and national) and is more focused in places with high research capacity or where severe environmental or economic impacts are well documented.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0006-3568
Additional Keywords: environmental management, nonnative species, policymaking, science–policy interface, social dimensions of conservation
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
General > Science Policy
Date made live: 29 Jan 2024 11:49 +0 (UTC)

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