Research Handbook on Biodiversity and Law
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Research Handbook on Biodiversity and Law

Edited by Michael Bowman, Peter Davies and Edward Goodwin

This wide-ranging Handbook presents a range of perspectives from leading international experts reflecting up-to-date research thinking on the subject of biodiversity law, the crucial importance of which to human welfare is only now being fully appreciated. Through a rigorous examination of the principles, procedures and practices that characterise this area of law, this timely volume effectively highlights its objectives, implementation, achievements, and prospects. Presenting thematic rather than regime-based coverage, the editors demonstrate the state-of-the-art of current research and identify future research needs and directions.
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Chapter 7: Alien invasive species: is the EU’s strategy fit for purpose?

Peter Davies


The spread of alien species throughout the world is a phenomenon which gathered momentum in colonial times as more trade routes opened up, and has proliferated in today’s world of integrated economies and markets. International trade has particularly facilitated the movement of alien species as has our ability to travel far more easily than ever before. Having arrived in its new environment, a given alien species might lack the capacity to adapt and survive. Others may continue to exist with minimum impact on the ecosystem in question, and may indeed bring benefits to a given ecosystem. However, some alien species become ‘invasive’ in that their introduction or spread presents a serious threat to the native wildlife and biodiversity generally. In Europe alone it is estimated that 10 per cent of the 12,000 alien species are invasive, and it is believed that there has been an increase of 76 per cent in the number of invasive alien species in this region since the 1970s. The cost of invasions by invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe has been estimated to be at least €12 million each year, whilst the total cost to date in Australia, Brazil, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA is thought to be in the region of US$300 billion.

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