Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies @ University of Bucharest

INVASI-PLANT

Project title: Spatial planning of alien species management activities in Romania

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2021-0378

Contract no.: PD 14/2022

Funding body: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 249.990 RON

Period: 2022-2024

Research team:

Viorica Iuliana Miu – Project leader

Laurentiu Rozylowicz – Mentor

Aim

The proposal aims to develop a spatial prioritization framework for detecting areas with high risk of invasiveness while accounting for ecological and social sensitivity of invaded areas, climate change scenarios, and management cost restrictions. The output will be a flexible and adaptive framework for spatial prioritization of management activities aiming at eradicating or containment of invasive alien species, demonstrated for management of alien plant species in Romania.

Objectives

The objectives of the project are:

O1. To predict spatial patterns of alien plant invasions based on limited presence-only data and underlying environmental conditions;

O2. To predict the invasion outbreaks by including The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) scenarios in alien species distribution models;

O3. To develop an easy-to-use spatial prioritization model framework for detecting areas with a high risk of invasiveness while accounting for ecological and social sensitivity of invaded areas, climate change scenarios, and management cost restrictions;

O4. To inform policy- and decision-makers on the advantages of using spatial planning principles for prioritizing intervention decisions.

Main results

Articles

Culita Sirbu, Iulia V. Miu, Athanasios A. Gavrilidis, Simona R. Gradinaru, Iulian M. Niculae, Cristina Preda, Adrian Oprea, Mihaela Urziceanu, Petronela Camen-Comanescu, Eugenia Nagoda, Ioana M. Sirbu, Daniyar Memedemin, Paulina Anastasiu – Distribution and pathways of introduction of invasive alien plant species in Romania, Neobiota (under review).

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