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Thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control

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Thematic Assessment of Invasive Alien Species and their Control

At the tenth session of the IPBES Plenary, held in Bonn, Germany from 28 August - 2 September 2023, the IPBES Thematic Assessment of Invasive Alien Species and their Control was accepted and its summary for policymakers was approved. The Thematic Assessment of Invasive Alien Species and their Control is the result of four years of work by 86 experts from 49 countries, and synthesizes information from over 13,000 references into a comprehensive scientific assessment and concise summary document for policy makers. The complete assessment, comprised of six chapters, and its summary for policymakers are linked below. 

In the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, invasive alien species were identified as one of the main direct drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide. Despite this recognition, prior to the completion of the Thematic Assessment of Invasive Alien Species and their Control, the rapidly growing threat that invasive alien species pose to biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development and human well-being was generally poorly quantified and little understood by decision makers.

In conducting the assessment, experts assessed the current status and trends of invasive alien species, their impacts, their drivers, their management, and policy options to address the challenges they pose. The assessment takes into account various knowledge and value systems including Indigenous and local knowledge. See the full list of experts here.


Editors:

Roy, Helen E.;  Pauchard, Aníbal;  Stoett, Peter; Renard Truong, Tanara 

Overall review editors:

Genovesi, Piero;  Wilson, John R.

Members of the management committee who provided guidance for the production of this assessment:

Eric Fokam, Shizuka Hashimoto, Rizwan Irshad, Ruslan Novitsky, Rashad Allahverdiyev, Vinod Bihari Mathur, Youngbae Suh.

Suggested citation:

IPBES (2023). Summary for Policymakers of the Thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Roy, H. E., Pauchard, A., Stoett, P., Renard Truong, T., Bacher, S., Galil, B. S., Hulme, P. E., Ikeda, T., Sankaran, K. V., McGeoch, M. A., Meyerson, L. A., Nuñez, M. A., Ordonez, A., Rahlao, S. J., Schwindt, E., Seebens, H., Sheppard, A. W., and Vandvik, V. (eds.). IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7430692


Summary for policymakers

Summary for policymakers - Invasive Alien Species Assessment

Summary for Policymakers of the Thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control of IPBES
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Summary for policymakers - Invasive Alien Species Assessment (laid out courtesy translation)

Summary for policymakers - Invasive Alien Species Assessment (laid out courtesy translation)
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Report

Thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control

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Factsheet

Factsheet 1 – Invasive alien species: data on trends and impacts

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Factsheet 2 - The role of businesses in the management and governance of biological invasions

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Factsheet 3 - Invasive alien species affect protected areas and most natural ecosystems

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Factsheet 4 - Biological invasions on islands

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Factsheet 5 - Invasive alien species management and governance

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Factsheet 6 – Stakeholder Engagement

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Factsheet 7 - Climate Change and biological invasions

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Chapters

Chapter 1: Introducing biological invasions and the IPBES thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control

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Chapter 2: Trends and status of alien and invasive alien species

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Chapter 3: Drivers affecting biological invasions

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Chapter 4: Impacts of invasive alien species on nature, nature's contributions to people, and good quality of life

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Chapter 5: Management; challenges, opportunities and lessons learned

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Chapter 6: Governance and policy options for the management of biological invasions

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Comments first review

Comments/First review/IAS

Comments received during the external review of the first order draft of the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control.
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Comments second review

Comments/Second review/IAS

Comments received during the external review of the second order draft of the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control
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Comments SPM

Comments/SPM review/IAS

Comments received during the external review of the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control
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Glossary

Bibliography

Bibliography of the thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control

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