Weeds Across Borders June 3rd 2010
Synopsis of my 20 minute presentation
Biological invasions are linked to economic decisions creating a wicked problem for stakeholders and ecosystems. Wicked problems have multiple definitions, exist without ending points and are non linear, thus defying simple “either or” solutions. The nursery, landscape and gardening industry, a sub system of agriculture, is a major pathway for the introduction of invasive species, and provides a complicated mix of cultural, environmental, and financial choices that are better informed by understanding how risk reductions are valued. Since the challenge of scale also affects valuation of economic and ecological calculations, the inclusion of uncertainty in ecological processes and the potential for fuzzy logic are equally important as a tool for environmental policy choices and ecosystem management decisions. The presentation will provide a very brief philosophic overview of the bio-economic considerations of invasive species.