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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Speaking their language – Development of a multilingual decision-support tool for communicating invasive species risks to decision makers and stakeholders

Copp, Gordon H.; Vilizzi, Lorenzo; Wei, Hui; Li, Shan; Piria, Marina; Al-Faisal, Abbas J.; Almeida, David; Atique, Usman; Al-Wazzan, Zainab; Bakiu, Rigers; Basic, Tea; Bui, Thuyet D.; Canning-Clode, Joao; Castro, Nuno; Chaichana, Ratcha; Coker, Tulin; Dashinov, Dimitriy; Ekmekci, F. Guler; Eros, Tibor; Ferincz, Arpad; Ferreira, Teresa; Giannetto, Daniela; Gilles, Allan S., Jr.; Glowacki, Lukasz; Goulletquer, Philippe; Interesova, Elena; Iqbal, Sonia; Jakubcinova, Katarina; Kanongdate, Kamalaporn; Kim, Jeong-Eun; Kopecky, Oldrich; Kostov, Vasil; Koutsikos, Nicholas; Kozic, Sebastian; Kristan, Petra; Kurita, Yoshihisa; Lee, Hwang-Goo; Leuven, Rob S. E. W.; Lipinskaya, Tatsiana; Lukas, Juliane; Marchini, Agnese; Gonzalez Martinez, Ana Isabel; Masson, Laurence; Memedemin, Daniyar; Moghaddas, Seyed Daryoush; Monteiro, Joao; Mumladze, Levan; Naddafi, Rahmat; Navodaru, Ion; Olsson, Karin H.; Onikura, Norio; Paganelli, Daniele; Pavia, Richard Thomas, Jr.; Perdikaris, Costas; Pickholtz, Renanel; Pietraszewski, Dariusz; Povz, Meta; Preda, Cristina; Ristovska, Milica; Rosikova, Karin; Santos, Jose Maria; Semenchenko, Vitaliy; Senanan, Wansuk; Simonovic, Predrag; Smeti, Evangelia; Stevove, Barbora; Svolikova, Kristina; Ta, Kieu Anh T.; Tarkan, Ali Serhan; Top, Nildeniz; Tricarico, Elena; Uzunova, Eliza; Vardakas, Leonidas; Verreycken, Hugo; Zieba, Grzegorz; Mendoza, Roberto
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Abstract

Environmental changes due to non-native species introductions and translocations are a global concern. Whilst understanding the causes of bioinvasions is important, there is need for decision-support tools that facilitate effective communication of the potential risks of invasive non-native species to stakeholders. Decision-support tools have been developed mostly in English language only, which increases linguistic uncertainty associated with risk assessments undertaken by assessors not of English mother tongue and who need to communicate outcomes to local stakeholders. To reduce language-based uncertainty, the 'ecology-of-language' paradigm was applied when developing the Aquatic Species Invasiveness Screening Kit (AS-ISK), a decision-support tool that offers 32 languages in which to carry out screenings and communicate outcomes to stakeholders. Topics discussed include uncertainty related to language-specific issues encountered during the AS-ISK translation and the potential benefits of a multilingual decision-support tool for reducing linguistic uncertainty and enhancing communication between scientists, environmental managers, and policy and decision makers.

Keywords

Ecology of languages; Aquatic Species Invasiveness Screening Kit; Alien species; Risk identification; Global applicability

Published in

Environmental Modelling and Software
2021, Volume: 135, article number: 104900

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
    SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Ecology

    Publication Identifiers

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104900

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    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/108766