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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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Developing Invasive Species Policy for a Major Free Trade Bloc: Challenges and Progress in the European Union

Developing Invasive Species Policy for a Major Free Trade Bloc: Challenges and Progress in the European Union

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(p.303) Chapter Fourteen Developing Invasive Species Policy for a Major Free Trade Bloc: Challenges and Progress in the European Union
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Invasive Species in a Globalized World
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Clare Shine

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226166216.003.0014

Invasive species (IS) prevention and management present complex challenges for a multi-country free trade bloc with many entry points, biogeographic zones and layers of governance. Trade pathways are key drivers for introductions into the 28-member European Union (EU), which accounts for around 19% of world imports and exports. The cost of IS to EU stakeholders in lost output, health impacts and damage repair has been at least 12 billion EUR / year over the past 20 years, but this is a significant under-estimate as data is lacking for key sectors. Reducing IS impacts will require policy coordination and risk prioritization by the European Commission, its Member States and key sectors. Targeted measures are needed for EU Outermost Regions and other isolated ecosystems. EU institutions committed in 2006 to develop an EU Strategy on Invasive Alien Species and an information and early warning system. The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) provided technical support to assess IS impacts and propose costed policy options. In 2011, the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy undertook to develop dedicated IS legislation by 2013. This chapter outlines work in progress and outstanding issues.

Keywords:   invasive species, European Union, biodiversity strategy, prevention, management, policy, risk prioritization

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