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Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (Alien-CSI)

Helen Roy
Quentin Groom
Tim Adriaens
Gaia Agnello
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Marina Antic
Sven Bacher
Aletta Bonn
Peter Brown
Giuseppe Brundu
Bernat López
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Michelle Cleary
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Dan Cogălniceanu
Maarten de Groot
Tiago de Sousa
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Alan Deidun
Franz Essl
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Živa Fišer Pečnikar
Anna Gazda
Eugenio Gervasini
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Milka Glavendekic
Guillaume Gigot
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Sven Jelaska
Jonathan Jeschke
Dariusz Kaminski
Paraskevi Karachle
Tamas Komives
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Katharina Lapin
Frances Lucy
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Elizabete Marchante
Dragana Marisavljevic
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Riho Marja
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Laura Martín Torrijos
Angeliki Martinou
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Dinka Matosevic
Clare Mifsud
Jurga Motiejūnaitė
Henn Ojaveer
Nataša Pasalic
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Ladislav Pekárik
Esra Per
Jan Pergl
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Vladimir Pesic
Michael Pocock
Luís Reino
Christian Ries
Laurentiu Rozylowicz
Sven Schade
Snorri Sigurdsson
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Ofer Steinitz
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Nir Stern
Aco Teofilovski
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Johann Thorsson
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Rumen Tomov
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Elena Tricarico
Teodora Trichkova
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Konstantinos Tsiamis
Johan van Valkenburg
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Noel Vella
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Laura Verbrugge
Gábor Vétek
Cristina Villaverde
Johanna Witzell
Argyro Zenetos
Ana Cristina Cardoso
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There is no sign of saturation in accumulation of alien species (AS) introductions worldwide, additionally the rate of spread for some species has also been shown to be increasing. However, the challenges of gathering information on AS are recognized. Recent developments in citizen science (CS) provide an opportunity to improve data flow and knowledge on AS while ensuring effective and high quality societal engagement with the issue of IAS (Invasive Alien Species). Advances in technology, particularly on-line recording and smartphone apps, along with the development of social media, have revolutionized CS and increased connectivity while new and innovative analysis techniques are emerging to ensure appropriate management, visualization, interpretation and use and sharing of the data. In early July 2018 we launched a European CO-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action to address multidisciplinary research questions in relation to developing and implementing CS, advancing scientific understanding of AS dynamics while informing decision-making specifically implementation of technical requirements of relevant legislation such as the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on IAS. It will also support the EU biodiversity goals and embedding science within society. The Action will explore and document approaches to establishing a European-wide CS AS network. It will embrace relevant innovations for data gathering and reporting to support the implementation of monitoring and surveillance measures, while ensuring benefits for society and citizens, through an AS CS European network. The Action will, therefore, increase levels of participation and quality of engagement with current CS initiatives, ensuring and evaluating educational value, and improve the value outcomes for potential users including citizens, scientists, alien species managers, policy-makers, local authorities, industry and other stakeholders.
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Helen Roy, Quentin Groom, Tim Adriaens, Gaia Agnello, Marina Antic, et al.. Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (Alien-CSI). Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2018, 4, ⟨10.3897/rio.4.e31412⟩. ⟨ird-03774554⟩
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