NEW ISSUE of ALIEN SCENARIOS NEWSLETTER
Issue 4, Oktober 2020
The fourth newsletter of the AlienScenarios project is published. The newsletter is published twice a year with information about the project development and related activities.
WWF Living Planet Report 2020
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020 has been published. The report sounds the alarm for global biodiversity, revealing an average 68% decline in animal population sizes tracked between 1970 and 2016 (46 years).
Participation in the NeoBiota 2020 conference –
The Human Role in Biological Invasions: a case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
Despite the challenge posed by the current pandemic of Corona Virus, the NeoBiota conference took place in Vodice, Croatia, on September 15 – 18. It took the form of hybrid format, with most participants attending online.
New article on future projections of alien species accumulation: Seebens et al. (2020)
Hanno Seebens & colleagues provide the first quantitative projections of alien species numbers until 2050 worldwide for a range of taxonomic groups and regions.
New article on the global economic costs of invasive alien species: Diagne et al. (2020)
A new paper by Christophe Diagne & colleagues describing the InvaCost database is now published in Nature Scientific Data. This database is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, harmonised and updatable compilation and description of economic cost estimates associated with biological invasions worldwide.
Two articles on drivers of future biological invasions:
Essl et al. (2020) and Lenzner et al. (2020)
In two recent articles published in Global Change Biology and in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Essl & colleagues and Lenzner & colleagues present expert-based assessments of the main drivers of future biological invasions at the global level and for islands.
Second joint AlienScenarios & InvasiBES workshop on management
The second joint AlienScenarios and InvasiBES workshop was held online from 30 September to 2 October 2020, in which the common management strategy of invasive alien species was stress-tested under each scenario aiming to provide consistent management recommendations to future uncertainties and these recommendations were incorporated into the strategy for biological invasions.
In Memoriam: Professor Dame Georgina Mace
Georgina Mays passed away on September 19, 2019. Professor D. Mays has been a member of the advisory board of the AlienScenarios project for many years. The project team is deeply grateful to her for the immeasurable involvement and influence that she has had on conservation science and for making the world a better place.
AlienScenarios early career researchers in the spotlight
Two early career researchers who are part of the AlienScenarios team will highlight in each issue of the Newsletter. In this fourth issue, meet Cristian and Bernd!