The Impact of Invasive Alien Species on Ecosystem Services and Human Well‐being

Liba Pejchar and Harold Mooney

in Bioinvasions and Globalization

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199560158
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721557 | DOI:
The Impact of Invasive Alien Species on Ecosystem Services and Human Well‐being

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This chapter reviews the literature to understand the significance of making decisions about the prevention and/or control of invasive alien species (IAS) that ignore impacts on ecosystem services. It reports damage costs associated with IAS in monetary terms. The costs presented for various provisioning, regulating, and cultural services may be roughly comparable since most of the literature mostly clusters around the early 2000s. Whether damage costs of any magnitude will change the way IAS is managed will naturally depend on the benefits of the activities that lead to the introduction and spread of each species. Identifying potential damage costs and estimating their magnitude is a positive first step towards properly accounting for the full impact of IAS.

Keywords: invasive species; biological invasions; invasive species management

Chapter.  14033 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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