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1 May 2009 Costs of Alien Invasive Species in Sweden
Ing-Marie Gren, Lina Isacs, Mattias Carlsson
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The purpose of this paper is to present calculations of total costs of 13 alien invasive species (AIS) in Sweden. All species are subject to control by Swedish public authorities, and estimates for most AIS include either damage cost or actual control cost. The results indicate a total annual cost between approximately 1620 and 5080 million SEK, which correspond to SEK 175 and SEK 565 per capita in Sweden. The estimates are well within the range of similar calculations for other countries, but differ with respect to the composition of costs of different AIS. Whereas costs for the agricultural and forestry sectors dominate in most other studies, the costs of AIS in Sweden are more equally divided among different categories. The results also indicate that the highest costs are attributable to unintentionally introduced AIS and that the most reliable cost estimates are related to human and animal health.

Ing-Marie Gren, Lina Isacs, and Mattias Carlsson "Costs of Alien Invasive Species in Sweden," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 38(3), 135-140, (1 May 2009). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447-38.3.135
Received: 4 January 2008; Accepted: 1 September 2008; Published: 1 May 2009
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