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New protocols to assess the environmental impact of pests in the EPPO decision-support scheme for pest risk analysis

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CABI Europe-Switzerland, Dele´mont (Switzerland)
Kenis, M.;
Affiliation
University of Fribourg, Fribourg (Switzerland)
Bacher, S.;
Affiliation
Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand Hutton, York (UK)
Baker, R. H. A.;
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Belgian Biodiversity Platform, De´partement de l’Etude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole, Gembloux (Belgium)
Branquart, E.;
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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, Paris, (France)
Brunel, S.;
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Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, Ascot (UK)
Holt, J.;
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The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, Canterbury (New Zealand)
Hulme, P. E.;
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Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand Hutton, York (UK)
MacLeod, A.;
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Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Pergl, J.;
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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, Paris, (France)
Petter, F.;
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Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, (Czech Republic)
Pyšek, P.;
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105893614X
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Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Institute for national and international plant health, Germany
Schrader, Gritta;
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Andrea Sissons, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa ON, (Canada)
Sissons, A.;
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1053926162
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Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Institute for national and international plant health, Germany
Starfinger, Uwe;
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CABI Europe-Switzerland, Dele´mont (Switzerland);
Schaffner, U.

Assessing the potential environmental impact of alien plants and plant pests is notoriously difficult. New protocols have been developed in the framework of the EC project PRATIQUE to provide guidance on environmental impact assessment in the EPPO pest risk analysis (PRA) decision-support scheme and enhance consistency between risk assessors and risk ratings for different pests. A set of questions with rating guidance and examples is provided, and individual scores are summarized into final scores, using a hierarchy of risk matrices, to assess current and potential environmental impacts. Two separate protocols are available: for alien plants and for other pests. These protocols could also be used to assess environmental impact in other PRA schemes as well as to assign alien species to regional black lists or to prioritize species for management decisions.

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