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dc.contributor.authorLiu, X.
dc.contributor.authorBlackburn, T.M.
dc.contributor.authorSong, T.
dc.contributor.authorLi, X.
dc.contributor.authorHuang, C.
dc.contributor.authorLi, Y.
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-11T09:25:48Z
dc.date.available2019-03-11T09:25:48Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationLiu, X.; Blackburn, T.M.; Song, T.; Li, X.; Huang, C.; Li, Y. (2019) Risks of biological invasion on the belt and road. Current Biology, 29(3): 499-505.e4en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0960-9822en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2619
dc.description.abstractChina’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an unprecedented global development program that involves nearly half of the world’s countries [1]. It not only will have economic and political influences, but also may generate multiple environmental challenges and is a focus of considerable academic and public concerns [2–6]. The Chinese government expects BRI to be a sustainable development, paying equal attention to economic development and environmental conservation [7]. However, BRI’s high expenditure on infrastructure construction, by accelerating trade and transportation, is likely to promote alien species invasions [5], one of the primary anthropogenic threats to global biodiversity [8]. BRI countries may have different susceptibilities to invasive species due to different financial and response capacities [9]. Moreover, these countries overlap 27 of 35 recognized global biodiversity hotspots [10]. Identifying those areas with high invasion risks, and species with high invasive potentials within BRI countries, is therefore of vital importance for the sustainable implementation of the BRI, and the development of early, economical, and effective biosecurity strategies [11]. In response, we present here a comprehensive study to evaluate invasion risks by alien vertebrates within BRI. We identified a total of 14 invasion hotspots, the majority of which fall along the six proposed BRI economic corridors, with the proportion of grid cells in invasion hotspots 1.6 times higher than other regions. Based on our results, we recommend the initiation of a project targeting early prevention, strict surveillance, rapid response, and effective control of alien species in BRI countries to ensure that this development is sustainable.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherElsevier Ltden_ZA
dc.subjectdistribution modelsen_ZA
dc.subjectconservationen_ZA
dc.subjectbirdsen_ZA
dc.subjectdistributionen_ZA
dc.subjectassemblagesen_ZA
dc.subjectdiversityen_ZA
dc.subjecttradeen_ZA
dc.subjectbiasen_ZA
dc.titleRisks of biological invasion on the belt and roaden_ZA
dc.typeJournalArticlesen_ZA
dc.cibjournalCurrent Biologyen_ZA
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