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A call to collaborate against alien invasions
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An international alliance of species invasion experts from emerging economies could help them each meet global biodiversity goals.
Developing countries are struggling to keep up with worldwide efforts to manage species invasions, a problem that can be very costly to countries on the receiving end. For example, South Africa has lost a significant volume of surface water run off to invasive plants.
An international team that included researchers from the University of Cape Town has proposed that emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), which host a vast proportion of the world’s biodiversity and could be a significant source of species donations, would benefit from building a network of invasion biologists and social scientists to tackle existing and future invasions.
Their proposed collaboration could start having a positive impact on regional and national policy in BRICS countries within five years, the authors say.
- PLoS Biology 17, e3000404 (2019). doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000404