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

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. 

Team
Principal Investigator
Luís Miguel Nunes Valente Afonso Reino

Luís Miguel Nunes Valente Afonso Reino

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Researchers
Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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César Capinha

César Capinha

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Francisco Moreira

Francisco Moreira

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
AGRODIV
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Hugo Rebelo

Hugo Rebelo

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Group:
BATECO
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Inês Catry

Inês Catry

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
AGRODIV
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Joana Figueiredo Santana

Joana Figueiredo Santana

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Miguel Porto Bertolo Adão Pereira

Miguel Porto Bertolo Adão Pereira

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Position: Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer
Groups:
APPLECOL, COMPBIO
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Rui Paulo Nóbrega Figueira

Rui Paulo Nóbrega Figueira

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
TROPBIO
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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
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2016 (Duration: 3 years)
Participant Institutions
Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e o Desenvolvimento (IST-ID), CSIC (CSIC), Estacion Biologica de Doñana, 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
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