Public perceptions on IAS


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Understanding biological invasions from a social and ecological point of view is a key aspect, influencing invasive alien species (IAS) management. People, who can play a role in spreading non-native species, can have different views on whether the species should be controlled or not, even if those are potentially harming the environment.

The implementation of policies for ecosystems protection and IAS monitoring can benefit from people’ knowledge, attitudes and perceived threat, which can be major indicators of support for IAS control.

Some studies have included psychological aspects of IAS management across disciplines, needed to support the balance between public perception and ecological issues, pointing out that when these aspects have been considered in the communication with the public, people become more motivated and engaged in the IAS control.

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