Implement biosecurity measures to prevent introductions of problematic species
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It is often cheaper and easier to prevent problematic species from being introduced to a site than trying to control them afterwards (Leung et al. 2002). This section includes all interventions aiming to directly prevent introductions of problematic species: from physical biosecurity measures like cleaning and drying equipment between sites, to legislative measures like banning the sale or ownership of problematic species.
Caution: Bans on sale or ownership of problematic species may encourage mass releases into the wild, from people concerned about their newly illegal organisms (Hulme 2015).
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related action: raise awareness amongst the public about problematic species and biosecurity.
Hulme P. (2015) European Union: new law risks release of invasive species. Nature, 517, 21.
Leung B., Lodge D.M., Finnoff D., Shogren J.F., Lewis M.A. & Lamberti G. (2002) An ounce of prevention or a pound of cure: bioeconomic risk analysis of invasive species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 269, 2407–2413.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Peatland Conservation
Peatland Conservation - Published 2018