Stakeholders perceptions of plant invasions in Galicia, Spain

Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz, María L. Chas-Amil, Julia M. Touza

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The perceptions, knowledge and values of stakeholders are essential for effective implementation and support of policies against biological invasions. In this study we focus on deliberate introduction pathways of alien plants and their impacts in Galicia (northwest Spain). We interviewed 61 stakeholders representing the nursery trade, forestry and agricultural sectors, nature conservation, scientists and public administration in this area to elucidate their views on invasion risk and policy options. We compare their responses with respect to their own interests as well as for Galicia as a whole including questions about impacts, and private management actions. The results show that there is a greater social awareness and concern for certain species introduced for ornamental purposes and the forestry sector (Acacia spp., Eucalyptus globulus, Carpobrotus edulis, Cortaderia selloana), and that stakeholders have a positive attitude to different potential management measures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
JournalAspects of Applied Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • alien invasive species
  • stakeholders
  • survey

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