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Web Ecology An open-access peer-reviewed journal
Web Ecol., 18, 37-40, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-18-37-2018
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AGORA: Ideas and Concepts
14 Mar 2018
Non-native invasive species as paradoxical ecosystem services in urban conservation education
Corrado Battisti1, Giuliano Fanelli2, Sandro Bertolino3, Luca Luiselli4,5, Giovanni Amori6, and Spartaco Gippoliti7 1“Torre Flavia” LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Station, Città Metropolitana di Roma, Servizio Aree protette, parchi regionali, via Tiburtina, 691, 00159 Rome, Italy
2Dipartimento di Biologia, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, via della ricerca scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
3Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Accademia Albertina 13, 10123 Torino, Italy
4IDECC – Institute for Development, Ecology, Conservation and Cooperation, via G. Tomasi di Lampedusa 33, 00144 Rome, Italy
5Department of Applied and Environmental Biology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, P.M.B. 5080 Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
6National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Rome, Italy
7Società Italiana per la Storia della Fauna “Giuseppe Altobello” Viale Liegi, 48A, 00198 Rome, Italy
Abstract. Many practices have been proposed in conservation education to facilitate a re-connection between nature and the young digital generation in anthropized contexts. In this paper we suggest that, at least in some specific circumstances (urban and suburban areas), non-native invasive species may have a paradoxical and positive impact in conservation education strategies, playing a role as an experiential tool, which represents a cultural ecosystem service, i.e. an ecosystem service that produces cultural benefits by improving pro-environmental behaviours in young people.
Citation: Battisti, C., Fanelli, G., Bertolino, S., Luiselli, L., Amori, G., and Gippoliti, S.: Non-native invasive species as paradoxical ecosystem services in urban conservation education, Web Ecol., 18, 37-40, https://doi.org/10.5194/we-18-37-2018, 2018.
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Many practices have been proposed in conservation education to facilitate a re-connection between nature and young digitally dependent people in anthropized contexts. In this paper we suggest that, at least in some specific circumstances (urban and suburban areas), non-native invasive species may have a paradoxical and positive impact on conservation education strategies, playing a role as an experiential tool, which represents a cultural ecosystem service.
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