There is no sign of saturation in accumulation of alien species (AS) introductions worldwide, additionally the rate of spread for some species has also been shown to be increasing. However, the challenges of gathering information on AS are recognized. Recent developments in citizen science (CS) provide an opportunity to improve data flow and knowledge on AS while ensuring effective and high quality societal engagement with the issue of IAS. Advances in technology, particularly on-line recording and smartphone apps, along with the development of social media, have revolutionized CS and increased connectivity while new and innovative analysis techniques are emerging to ensure appropriate management, visualization, interpretation and use and sharing of the data .
The Action will address multidisciplinary research questions in relation to developing and implementing CS, advancing scientific understanding of AS dynamics while informing decision-making specifically implementation of technical requirements of relevant legislation such as the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on IAS, support of the EU biodiversity goals and embedding science within society. The Action will explore and document approaches to establishing a European-wide CS AS network. It will embrace relevant innovations for data gathering and reporting to support the implementation of monitoring and surveillance measures, while ensuring benefits for society and citizens, through an AS CS European network. The Action will, therefore, increase levels of participation and quality of engagement with current CS initiatives, ensuring and evaluating educational value, and improve the value outcomes for potential users including citizens, scientists, alien species managers, policy-makers, local authorities, industry and other stakeholders.
COST Action: European Community - COST Action number: CA17122
Coordinator: Dr. Helen ROY NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Biological Records Centre Benson Lane Crowmarsh Gifford Wallingford - UK firstname.lastname@example.org
António Onofre Costa Miranda SoaresIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Artur GilIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Artur GilIsland Environmental Risks & Society - IERS
Isabel Marisa Mateus BorgesIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Paulo A. V. BorgesIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Rui Miguel Pires Bento da Silva EliasIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC