Overview of preventive measures against invasive alien species in Korea and suggestions for their improvement = 침입외래생물의 사전예방 제도 및 개선방향

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Overview of preventive measures against invasive alien species in Korea and suggestions for their improvement = 침입외래생물의 사전예방 제도 및 개선방향
Author(s)
J Kil; Chang-Gi Kim
Bibliographic Citation
Korean Journal of Ecology and Environment, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 239-246
Publication Year
2014
Abstract
To cope with the potential risks associated with invasive alien species, the Korean Government implemented the Biodiversity Act in 2014. Among the alien species not yet introduced into that country, 24 have been designated as alert species. These include mammals, birds, fish, mollusks, insects, and plants that may invade and cause serious harm to the ecosystem. Approval from the Ministry of Environment is required to import or carry any of them. Although these measures are more advanced than those from the previous legal framework, several terms still need to be improved. First, the category of alert species should cover not only those not yet introduced but also those that are being raised or cultivated at aquariums, botanical gardens, and zoos. Second, for applicants who intend to import or carry alert species, the government must provide them with detailed standards for the ecological risk assessment of alert species as well as guidelines for their safe use in Korea to prevent their unregulated release from confinement facilities into natural environments. Third, tools and protocols should be developed for early detection and rapid responses to those escapes.
Keyword
alert speciesBiodiversity Actinvasive alien speciespreventive measures
ISSN
1976-8087
Publisher
Korea Soc-Assoc-Inst
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.11614/KSL.2014.47.4.239
Type
Article
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Division of Bio Technology Innovation > Bio-Evaluation Center > 1. Journal Articles
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