Invasive Species: Impacts, Challenges, and Strategies for Management
March 7, 2012
Invasive species pose significant economic, management, and policy challenges. Policymakers and managers must choose what strategies to employ and how much to invest to prevent new introductions, monitor for new invasions, and control established invaders. These decisions hinge on a variety of factors, including the magnitude of the damages caused by invasive species, the regions impacted, control methods available, and institutional context. It is difficult to quantify or value damages, however, and the spread of biological invasions can lead to increasing damages over time in ways that evade accurate prediction. Invasive species also can advance across political or jurisdictional boundaries, requiring coordination among multiple entities, exacerbating the difficulties of control.
At this RFF First Wednesday Seminar, panelists tackled these issues from a variety of perspectives, including examination of recent efforts to quantify the impacts of invasive species on the Great Lakes ecosystem, discussion of cost-efficient strategies to manage new and established invaders, and exploration of how cross-jurisdictional spread of invasive species hinders management. A global perspective was provided in an overview of the US State Department’s engagement on these issues, and novel approaches for combating invasive species through market creation were discussed. The seminar engaged expert panelists to help forge insight to improved management and new strategies for reducing the enormous economic and ecological impacts of invasive species.
Jim Boyd, Director, Co-Director, RFF Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth
Becky Epanchin-Niell, Fellow, Resources for the Future
Adrianna Muir, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Ocean and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs
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Jason Goldberg, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species
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James Boyd is a senior fellow and Thomas Klutznick chair in environmental policy at RFF. Boyd’s research emphasizes collaborations between ecologists and economists in order to guide decisions that affect natural resources.
Rebecca Epanchin-Niell is a senior fellow at RFF whose research focuses on ecosystem management, in particular examining how human behavior affects ecological resources as well as identifying strategies to improve management.
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