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The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe
Jan 18, 2013

Biological invasions are one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Invasive alien species (IAS) may have far-reaching and harmful effects on the environment and natural resources for generations. IAS also affect human life and health and cause serious economic damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which is estimated to be at least €12 billion per year in Europe. The purpose of this report is to raise awareness among key stakeholders, decision-makers, policymakers and the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS. Twenty-eight dedicated species accounts are provided to highlight the various types of impacts. These species accounts are based on thorough, up-to-date scientific information from recent research and studies, and highlight the multifaceted impacts of IAS at both the global and regional levels.

EEA Technical Report No 16/2012 The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe