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A cost-benefit approach for prioritizing invasive species

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  • Pierre Courtois

    () (CEE-M - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement - Montpellier - FRE2010 - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - UM - Université de Montpellier - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier)

  • Charles Figuieres

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

  • Chloé Mulier

    (UMR Innovation - Innovation et Développement dans l'Agriculture et l'Alimentation - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier - Montpellier SupAgro - Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement)

  • Joakim Weill

    (UC Davis - University of California [Davis] - University of California)

Abstract

Biological invasions entail massive biodiversity losses and tremendouseconomic impacts that justify significant management efforts. Because thefunds available to control biological invasions are limited, there is a need toidentify priority species. This paper first review current invasive species pri-oritization methods and explicitly highlights their pitfalls. We then constructa cost-benefit optimization framework that incorporates species utility, eco-logical value, distinctiveness, and species interactions. This framework offersthe theoretical foundations of a simple and operational method for the man-agement of invasive species under a limited budget constraint. It takes theform of an algorithm for the prioritization of multiple biological invasions.

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  • Pierre Courtois & Charles Figuieres & Chloé Mulier & Joakim Weill, 2018. "A cost-benefit approach for prioritizing invasive species," Post-Print hal-01672020, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01672020
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.11.037
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    1. Courtois, Pierre & Figuières, Charles & Mulier, Chloe, 2019. "A Tale of Two Diversities," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 159(C), pages 133-147.
    2. Albers, Heidi J. & Hall, Kim Meyer & Lee, Katherine D. & Taleghan, Majid Alkaee & Dietterich, Thomas G., 2018. "The Role of Restoration and Key Ecological Invasion Mechanisms in Optimal Spatial-Dynamic Management of Invasive Species," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 151(C), pages 44-54.
    3. Delgado Castillo, Ángela & van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M. & Savin, Ivan & Sarto i Monteys, Víctor, 2020. "Cost-benefit analysis of conservation policy: The red palm weevil in Catalonia, Spain," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 167(C).

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    Keywords

    economic model; cost/benefit; biological invasions ; biodiversity; prioritization; optimization; choix d'espèce; biodiversité; conservation des espèces; espèce invasive; modèle économique;

    JEL classification:

    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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