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Framework and Guidelines for Conducting Risk Analyses for Alien Species

Version 1 : Received: 21 November 2018 / Approved: 22 November 2018 / Online: 22 November 2018 (14:44:57 CET)

How to cite: Kumschick, S.; Wilson, J.R.; Foxcroft, L.C. Framework and Guidelines for Conducting Risk Analyses for Alien Species. Preprints 2018, 2018110551 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0551.v1). Kumschick, S.; Wilson, J.R.; Foxcroft, L.C. Framework and Guidelines for Conducting Risk Analyses for Alien Species. Preprints 2018, 2018110551 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0551.v1).

Abstract

This report presents a framework for analysing the risk of alien taxa under South Africa's National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 2004, and the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations of 2014. While the report was initially designed to meet a specific South Africa need, the risk analysis processes developed can, we believe, be transferred to any specified geographic region. In outlining a series of questions related to a taxon’s likelihood of invasion and the consequences thereof, i.e. the potential impacts, the report provides a structure for collating data relevant to the process of listing taxa as well as a process for developing recommendations that is both mathematically sound, transparent, and that explicitly takes uncertainty into account. The framework is based on collating information according to international standards in biological invasions (specifically the IUCN Environmental Impact Classification of Alien Taxa Scheme, the CBD's scheme for classifying invasion pathways, and the Unified Framework for Biological Invasions proposed by Blackburn et al. 2011). The risk analysis framework is currently being implemented in South Africa in an effort to underpin national regulatory lists of invasive species.

Subject Areas

Risk analysis, risk assessment, biological invasions, regulations, policy, risk management

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