• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRDTRADE - All heaven in a rage: international bird trade as a driver of biological invasions in Europe

 

The large and growing impacts of biological invasions require the development of cost-effective risk assessment methods to prevent and manage threats posed by invasive alien species to biodiversity, economy and human wellbeing. However, developing such tools is challenging because of the difficulties of accurately predicting the outcome of species introductions. As a result, interest has recently shifted to quantify the likelihood of invasion using the frequency and scale of introduction pathways. International wildlife trade is considered to be a major pathway of introductions for many plants and animals, yet exhaustive analyses of the dynamics and scale of this introduction pathway are indeed lacking. This is surprising considering the enormous socioecological importance of the international wildlife trade and the growing concern that some of the most demanded wild species can be threatened by over-exploitation. The overarching goal of this proposal is to assess the role of the international bird trade as a major driver of biological invasions of birds in Europe, considering the socioeconomic importance of the activity for both exporting and importing countries. This timely and ambitious project is feasible thanks to the abundant, high quality information currently available on both historic and current bird trade patterns, combined with detailed knowledge on the distribution of bird species in both their native and introduced regions. Moreover, the implementation of an European Union (EU) import ban on wild-caught birds since 2005 (permanent after 2007) offers a unique opportunity to understand the ecological and socioeconomic importance of the global trade pathway. 

 
Principal Investigator:
 
 
Research Team:
 
Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Post-Doc Researcher

 
César Capinha

César Capinha

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Francisco Moreira

Francisco Moreira

Principal Researcher

 
Hugo Rebelo

Hugo Rebelo

Auxiliary Researcher

 
 
 
Miguel B. Araújo

Miguel B. Araújo

Visiting Full Professor

 
 
Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Coordinating Researcher

 
Rui Paulo Nóbrega Figueira

Rui Paulo Nóbrega Figueira

Principal Researcher

 
 
Other Members:
Diederik Strubbe, Inês Catry, João Soares, Jonathan Jeschke, Jose Tella Escobedo, Laura Bergua Cardador, Martina Carrete, David Richardson, Riccardo Scalera, Daniel Sol, Pedro Bingre
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
ICETA-UP
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2016 (Duration: 4 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e o Desenvolvimento (IST-ID), Estacion Biologica de Doñana, CSIC (CSIC), Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)/Freie Universitaet Berlin (IGB), Universidade de Évora (UE), University of Antwerp (UA),
 
Reference:
PTDC/AAG-GLO/0463/2014