Recent advances in availability and synthesis of the economic costs of biological invasions

Danish A. Ahmed, Phillip J. Haubrock, Ross N. Cuthbert, Alok Bang, Ismael Soto, Paride Balzani, Ali Serhan Tarkan, Rafael L. Macêdo, Laís Carneiro, Thomas W. Bodey, Francisco J. Oficialdegui, Pierre Courtois, Melina Kourantidou, Elena Angulo, Gustavo Heringer, David Renault, Anna J. Turbelin, Emma J. Hudgins, Chunlong Liu, Showkat A. GojeryUgo Arbieu, Christophe Diagne, Boris Leroy, Elizabeta Briski, Corey J.A. Bradshaw, Franck Courchamp

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Biological invasions are a global challenge that has received insufficient attention. Recently available cost syntheses have provided policy- and decision makers with reliable and up-to-date information on the economic impacts of biological invasions, aiming to motivate effective management. The resultant InvaCost database is now publicly and freely accessible and enables rapid extraction of monetary cost information. This has facilitated knowledge sharing, developed a more integrated and multidisciplinary network of researchers, and forged multidisciplinary collaborations among diverse organizations and stakeholders. Over 50 scientific publications so far have used the database and have provided detailed assessments of invasion costs across geographic, taxonomic, and spatiotemporal scales. These studies have provided important information that can guide future policy and legislative decisions on the management of biological invasions while simultaneously attracting public and media attention. We provide an overview of the improved availability, reliability, standardization, and defragmentation of monetary costs; discuss how this has enhanced invasion science as a discipline; and outline directions for future development.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbiad060
Pages (from-to)560-574
Number of pages15
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023


  • Environmental management
  • guiding policy
  • InvaCost
  • Invasive alien species
  • economic impacts
  • invasive alien species
  • environmental management


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