Sarat1,2, D. Blottiere1,2, A. Dutartre2,3, N. Poulet2,4 and A. Albert5
1iucn france, 17 place du trocadéro, 75016 paris, france
2french ias resource center, afb & uicn france
3indépendant expert, 21 avenue du médoc, 33114 le barp, france
4french biodiversity agency, pôle ecohydraulique, allée du professeur camille soula, toulouse, france
5french biodiversity agency, research, science-advice and data division, 5 square felix nadar, vincennes, france
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Invasive alien species (IAS) are recognized as one of the leading causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. Through their multiple impacts, they threaten native species, natural habitats and ecosystem services, but also alterate economic activities and human health. Both in metropolitan France and overseas, examples of invasions are numerous: waterprimrose, American crayfish or Asian hornet; electric ant in New Caledonia, Miconia tree in French Polynesia, giant bramble in Reunion, etc. A large number of stakeholders are mobilized to organize surveillance, evaluate impacts, improve knowledge, define strategies and implement prevention and management actions in the field. The development of skills and the support of those stakeholders require a considerable effort to provide information, methodologies, tools for decision support, management insights and good practices.
To answer those needs, the IUCN French Committee and the French Biodiversity Agency set up a National Resource Center on IAS at the end of 2018. It targets all fauna and flora species of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, and covers continental France and all the French overseas departments. Its main objective is to improve the effectiveness of prevention and management of biological invasions and to support national policies on the subject, in particular the national IAS strategy. It also develops management methods and training, gathers information, and disseminates knowledge and information on best practices to stakeholders, such as managers of natural habitats, NGOs, researchers, local authorities, businesses, public institutions, and state services. Available both in French and English, the Center’s website provides general information on the subject, regular local, national and international news updates, as well as many legislative, technical and scientific resources. The main tools developed as well as the different networks of stakeholders supported by the IAS Resource Center will be presented.