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IP093: Monitoring Biological Invasion across the Broader Antarctic - a Baseline and Indicator Framework

ATCM XXXVIII and CEP XVIII 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

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IP093: Monitoring Biological Invasion across the Broader Antarctic - a Baseline and Indicator Framework

Submitted: 04/05/2015

Summary:

The introduction of non-native species is a key priority of the CEP. In consequence, some monitoring of the number and impacts of non-native species is undertaken in parts of Antarctica. At present, however, an appropriate system for tracking the number of non-native species, those which are invasive or likely to become so, their impacts, and regulatory or other responses to the problem is unavailable. Here we report on a recently developed framework (the Antarctic Biological Invasion Indicator (ABII), which applies global best practice to the problem. It not only provides a comprehensive baseline on the current status of biological invasions in Antarctica, but also provides a mechanism to facilitate information exchange across the broader Antarctic region. The paper recommends consideration by the CEP of the potential value of the ABII for helping to address one of its key priorities. 

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
38th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
01 Jun 2015 - 10 Jun 2015