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Invasive Species in a Globalized WorldEcological, Social, and Legal Perspectives on Policy$
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Reuben P. Keller, Marc W. Cadotte, and Glenn Sandiford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226166049

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226166216.001.0001

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From Global to Local: Integrating Policy Frameworks for the Prevention and Management of Invasive Species

From Global to Local: Integrating Policy Frameworks for the Prevention and Management of Invasive Species

(p.283) Chapter Thirteen From Global to Local: Integrating Policy Frameworks for the Prevention and Management of Invasive Species
Invasive Species in a Globalized World

Stanley W. Burgiel

University of Chicago Press

To be comprehensive and effective, policy frameworks for addressing invasive species need to address a number of levels including the pathways by which invasive species are introduced, the legal sector that has jurisdiction over the movement and/or use of those species, and geographic scale of the movements (e.g., country to country, local site to site). Regulation of pathways for the introduction of invasive species is a critical approach for prevention efforts, but requires coordinated action across a range of different sectors or fields of policy and law. Different fields of international law and policy related to invasive species have differing weights or cache with regard to their implementation and enforcement. International environmental agreements offer a range of voluntary guidelines and tools specific to the management of invasive species, but these measures are often non-binding or lack enforceability. In contrast, trade agreements have significant compliance requirements, but historically have not been applied much beyond the protection of agriculture, livestock and the production of food and fiber. These different and approaches offer untapped opportunities and means for countries to address invasive species in a more integrated manner. Policy efforts at the national, regional and international levels are important for leveraging action on invasive species at the site level. Similarly, issues at the local and national level can inform the development of higher level policies.

Keywords:   invasive species, prevention, management, global, policy, international law, trade agreements, scale

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