INVASIVESNET towards an international association for open knowledge on invasive alien species

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2016-06-07
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Lucy, Frances E.
Roy, Helen
Simpson, Annie
Carlton, James T.
Hanson, John Mark
Magellan, Kit
Campbell, Marnie L.
Costello, Mark J.
Pagad, Shyama
Hewitt, Chad L.
McDonald, Justin
Cassey, Phillip
Thomaz, Sidinei M.
Katsanevakis, Stelios
Zenetos, Argyro
Tricarico, Elena
Boggero, Angela
Groom, Quentin J.
Adriaens, Tim
Vanderhoeven, Sonia
Torchin, Mark
Hufbauer, Ruth
Fuller, Pam
Carman, Mary R.
Conn, David Bruce
Vitule, Jean R. S.
Canning-Clode, Joao
Galil, Bella S.
Ojaveer, Henn
Bailey, Sarah A.
Therriault, Thomas W.
Claudi, Renata
Gazda, Anna
Dick, Jaimie T. A.
Caffrey, Joe
Witt, Arne
Kenis, Marc
Lehtiniemi, Maiju
Helmisaari, Harry
Panov, Vadim E.
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10.3391/mbi.2016.7.2.01
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Knowledge flows
Network of networks
Sustainable
IAS management
Communication platform
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In a world where invasive alien species (IAS) are recognised as one of the major threats to biodiversity, leading scientists from five continents have come together to propose the concept of developing an international association for open knowledge and open data on IAS—termed “INVASIVESNET”. This new association will facilitate greater understanding and improved management of invasive alien species (IAS) and biological invasions globally, by developing a sustainable network of networks for effective knowledge exchange. In addition to their inclusion in the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, the increasing ecological, social, cultural and economic impacts associated with IAS have driven the development of multiple legal instruments and policies. This increases the need for greater co-ordination, co-operation, and information exchange among scientists, management, the community of practice and the public. INVASIVESNET will be formed by linking new and existing networks of interested stakeholders including international and national expert working groups and initiatives, individual scientists, database managers, thematic open access journals, environmental agencies, practitioners, managers, industry, non-government organisations, citizens and educational bodies. The association will develop technical tools and cyberinfrastructure for the collection, management and dissemination of data and information on IAS; create an effective communication platform for global stakeholders; and promote coordination and collaboration through international meetings, workshops, education, training and outreach. To date, the sustainability of many strategic national and international initiatives on IAS have unfortunately been hampered by time-limited grants or funding cycles. Recognising that IAS initiatives need to be globally coordinated and on-going, we aim to develop a sustainable knowledge sharing association to connect the outputs of IAS research and to inform the consequential management and societal challenges arising from IAS introductions. INVASIVESNET will provide a dynamic and enduring network of networks to ensure the continuity of connections among the IAS community of practice, science and management.
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© The Author(s), 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Management of Biological Invasions 7 (2016): 131-139, doi:10.3391/mbi.2016.7.2.01.
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Management of Biological Invasions 7 (2016): 131-139
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