Horizon scanning for invasive alien species with the potential to threaten biodiversity and human health on a Mediterranean island

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  • Jodey Peyton, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Angeliki F. Martinou, BFC RAF Akrotiri BFPO 57
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  • Oliver L. Pescott, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Monica Demetriou, University of Cyprus
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  • Tim Adriaens, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Brussels
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  • Margarita Arianoutsou, University of Athens
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  • Ioannis Bazos, University of Athens
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  • Colin W. Bean, Scottish Natural Heritage
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  • Olaf Booy, Animal and Plant Health Agency
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  • Marc Botham, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • J. Robert Britton, Bournemouth University
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  • Javier Lobon Cervia, CSIC - Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)
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  • Pantelis Charilaou, Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre
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  • Niki Chartosia, University of Cyprus
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  • Hannah J. Dean, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Pinelopi Delipetrou, University of Athens
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  • Andreas C. Dimitriou, University of Cyprus
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  • Gerald Dörflinger, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cyprus
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  • Jim Fawcett, BFC RAF Akrotiri BFPO 57
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  • Georgios Fyttis, University of Cyprus
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  • Alexandros Galanidis, University of the Aegean
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  • Bella Galil, Tel Aviv University
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  • Thomas Hadjikyriakou, Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre
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  • Margarita Hadjistylli, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cyprus
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  • Christina Ieronymidou, Birdlife Cyprus
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  • Carlos Jimenez, Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre
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  • Paraskevi Karachle, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
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  • Nikos Kassinis, Ministry of Interior
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  • George Kerametsidis, University of Athens
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  • Alexander N.G. Kirschel, University of Cyprus
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  • Periklis Kleitou, Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab
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  • Demetris Kleitou, Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab
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  • Paraskevi Manolaki
  • Nikolas Michailidis, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cyprus
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  • J. Owen Mountford, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Charis Nikolaou, Department of Forests
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  • Athina Papatheodoulou, I.A.CO Environmental and Water Consultant Ltd
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  • Giorgios Payiatas, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cyprus
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  • Filipe Ribeiro, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
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  • Stephanie L. Rorke, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Yianna Samuel, University of Cyprus
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  • Pantelis Savvides, University of Cyprus
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  • Stefanie M. Schafer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Ali Serhan Tarkan, Mugla University, UNIWERSYTET LODZKI, Polen
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  • Iolanda Silva-Rocha, Universidade do Porto, Centro de Investigacao em Biodiversidade e Recursos Geneticos
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  • Nildeniz Top, Mugla University
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  • Elena Tricarico, Università Degli Studi di Firenze
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  • Katherine Turvey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Iakovos Tziortzis, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cyprus
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  • Elli Tzirkalli, University of Ioannina
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  • Hugo Verreycken, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Brussels
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  • Ian J. Winfield, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • Argyro Zenetos, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
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  • Helen E. Roy, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Invasive alien species (IAS) are one of the major drivers of change that can negatively affect biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services and human health; islands are particularly vulnerable to biological invasions. Horizon scanning can lead to prioritisation of IAS to inform decision-making and action; its scale and scope can vary depending on the need. We focussed on IAS likely to arrive, establish and affect biodiversity and human health on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The scope of the horizon scanning was the entire island of Cyprus. We used a two-step consensus-building process in which experts reviewed and scored lists of alien species on their likelihood of arrival, establishment and potential to affect biodiversity, ecosystems and/or human health in the next 10 years. We reviewed 225 alien species, considered to be currently absent on Cyprus, across taxa and environments. We agreed upon 100 species that constituted very high, high or medium biodiversity risk, often arriving through multiple pathways of introduction. The remaining 125 species were ranked as low risk. The potential impacts on human health were documented for all 225 species; 82 species were considered to have a potentially negative impact on human health ranging from nuisance to disease transmission. The scope of the horizon scanning was the entire island of Cyprus, but the thematic groups also considered the relevance of the top 100 species to the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus, given their differing governance. This horizon scan provides the first systematic exercise to identify invasive alien species of potential concern to biodiversity and ecosystems but also human health within the Mediterranean region. The process and outcomes should provide other islands in the region and beyond with baseline data to improve IAS prioritisation and management.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiological Invasions
Volume21
Issue6
Pages (from-to)2107-2125
Number of pages19
ISSN1387-3547
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

    Research areas

  • Consensus approach, Cyprus, Levant, Non-native species, Pathways, Prioritisation

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