Management of Nonnative Invasive Species in the Anthropocene

Bhagwat, S. A. (2018). Management of Nonnative Invasive Species in the Anthropocene. In: Dellasala, Dominick A. and Goldstein, Michael I. eds. Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. Elsevier, pp. 409–417.



Reviewing the discussion on invasive species management in the literatures on nature conservation and environmental geography, this article puts forward an approach to invasive species management fit for the Anthropocene. It suggests that the biosecurity-driven rhetoric on invasive species needs to be discarded in favor of a more pragmatic approach to their management because the direct and indirect costs of invasive species control are high and learning to live with them may well be the best way to manage them. Harvesting invasive species can make space for native nature and transitional markets can play a role in invasive species control.

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