Guidelines for collecting citizen observations on non-indigenous species (NIS).
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Monitoring of non-indigenous species (NIS) is required through several international agreements and guidelines, such as the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union 2014), European Union (EU) Biodiversity Strategy (European Commission 2011) and Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) of the EU (European Parliament Council 2008). However, most countries do not have governmental monitoring programs targeting the presence and abundance of NIS (Lehtiniemi et al. 2015), even though NIS monitoring is required by international legislations and is of great importance to national environmental management. Monitoring programs can be costly and often spatially and temporally limited (Delaney et al. 2008). Citizen observations can therefore improve the monitoring efforts by increasing the number of potential observers and therefore number of observations. Citizen observations are particularly useful in detecting seasonally occurring .....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Spatial CoverageBaltic Sea
CitationHELCOM (2021) Guidelines for collecting citizen observations on non-indigenous species (NIS). Helsinki, Finland, HELCOM, 5pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1824