How environmental managers perceive and approach the issue of invasive species: the case of Japanese knotweed s.l. (Rhône River, France)

Abstract : Studying the perceptions of stakeholders or interested parties is a good way to better understand behaviours and decisions. This is especially true for the management of invasive species such as Japanese knotweed s.l. This plant has spread widely in the Rhône basin, where significant financial resources have been devoted to its management. However, no control technique is recognized as being particularly effective. Many uncertainties remain and many documents have been produced by environmental managers to disseminate current knowledge about the plant and its management. This article aims at characterizing the perceptions that environmental managers have of Japanese knotweed s.l. A discourse analysis was conducted on the printed documentation produced about Japanese knotweed s.l. by environmental managers working along the Rhône River (France). The corpus was both qualitatively and quantitatively analysed. The results indicated a diversity of perceptions depending on the type of environmental managers involved, as well as the geographical areas and scales on which they acted. Whereas some focused on general knowledge relating to the origins and strategies of colonization, others emphasized the diversity and efficacy of the prospective eradication techniques. There is a real interest in implementing targeted actions to meet local issues. To do so, however, these issues must be better defined. This is a challenging task, as it must involve all types of stakeholders.
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Biological Invasions, Springer Verlag, 2015, 17 (12), 〈10.1007/s10530-015-0969-1〉
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Marylise Cottet, Florence Piola, Yves-François Le Lay, Soraya Rouifed, Anne Riviere-Honegger. How environmental managers perceive and approach the issue of invasive species: the case of Japanese knotweed s.l. (Rhône River, France) . Biological Invasions, Springer Verlag, 2015, 17 (12), 〈10.1007/s10530-015-0969-1〉. 〈halshs-01248768〉

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