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Title: Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (Alien-CSI)
Authors: Roy, Helen E.
Groom, Quentin
Adriaens, Tim
Agnello, Gaia
Antic, Marina
Archambeau, Anne-Sophie
Bacher, Sven
Bonn, Aletta
Brown, Peter
Brundu, Giuseppe
Claramunt Lopez, Bernat
Cleary, Michelle
Cogalniceanu, Dan
de Groot, Maarten
De Sousa, Tiago
Deidun, Alan
Essl, Franz
Fiser Pecnikar, Ziva
Gazda, Anna
Gervasini, Eugenio
Glavendekic, Milka M.
Gigot, Guillaume
Jelaska, Sven D.
Jeschke, Jonathan M.
Kaminski, Dariusz
Karachle, Paraskevi K.
Komives, Tomas
Lapin, Katharina
Lucy, Frances
Marchante, Elizabete
Marisavljevic, Dragana
Marja, Riho
Martin Torrijos, Laura
Martinou, Angeliki
Matosevic, Dinka
Mifsud, Clare Marie
Motiejunaite, Jurga
Ojaveer, Henn
Pasalic, Natasa
Pekarik, Ladislav
Per, Esra
Pergl, Jan
Pesic, Vladimir
Pocock, Michael
Reino, Luis
Ries, Christian
Rozylowicz, Laurentiu
Schade, Sven
Sigurdsson, Snorri
Steinitz, Ofer
Stern, Nir
Teofilovski, Aco
Thorsson, Johann
Tomov, Rumen
Tricarico, Elena
Trichkova, Teodora
Tsiamis, Konstantinos
van Valkenburg, Johan
Vella, Noel
Verbrugge, Laura
Vetek, Gabor
Villaverde, Cristina
Witzell, Johanna
Zenetos, Argyro
Cardoso, Ana Cristina
Keywords: Introduced organisms -- Information resources -- Europe
Introduced organisms -- Research -- Citizen participation
Biodiversity conservation
Biological invasions
Science -- Social aspects
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Pensoft
Citation: Roy, H. E., Groom, Q., Adriaens, T., Agnello, G., Antic, M., Archambeau, A. S.,...Cardoso, A. C. (2018). Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (Alien-CSI). Research Ideas and Outcomes, 4, e31412.
Abstract: 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 (Invasive Alien Species). 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. In early July 2018 we launched a European CO-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action to 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. It will also support 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.
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