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A Regional Decision Support Scheme for Pest Risk Analysis in Southeast Asia

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Title: A Regional Decision Support Scheme for Pest Risk Analysis in Southeast Asia
Authors: Soliman, T
MacLeod, A
Mumford, JD
Nghiem, TP
Tan, HT
Papworth, SK
Corlett, RT
Carrasco, LR
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: A key justification to support plant health regulations is the ability of quarantine services to conduct pest risk analyses (PRA). Despite the supranational nature of biological invasions and the close proximity and connectivity of Southeast Asian countries, PRAs are conducted at the national level. Furthermore, some countries have limited experience in the development of PRAs, which may result in inadequate phytosanitary responses that put their plant resources at risk to pests vectored via international trade. We review existing decision support schemes for PRAs and, following international standards for phytosanitary measures, propose new methods that adapt existing practices to suit the unique characteristics of Southeast Asia. Using a formal written expert elicitation survey, a panel of regional scientific experts was asked to identify and rate unique traits of Southeast Asia with respect to PRA. Subsequently, an expert elicitation workshop with plant protection officials was conducted to verify the potential applicability of the developed methods. Rich biodiversity, shortage of trained personnel, social vulnerability, tropical climate, agriculture-dependent economies, high rates of land-use change, and difficulties in implementing risk management options were identified as challenging Southeast Asian traits. The developed methods emphasize local Southeast Asian conditions and could help support authorities responsible for carrying out PRAs within the region. These methods could also facilitate the creation of other PRA schemes in low- and middle-income tropical countries.
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2016
Date of Acceptance: 6-Jul-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/56074
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.12477
ISSN: 1539-6924
Publisher: Wiley
Start Page: 904
End Page: 913
Journal / Book Title: Risk Analysis
Volume: 36
Issue: 5
Copyright Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Soliman, T., MacLeod, A., Mumford, J. D., Nghiem, T. P. L., Tan, H. T. W., Papworth, S. K., Corlett, R. T. and Carrasco, L. R. (2016), A Regional Decision Support Scheme for Pest Risk Analysis in Southeast Asia. Risk Analysis, 36: 904–913. , which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.12477.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Keywords: Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Physical Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications
Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods
Mathematical Methods In Social Sciences
Biosecurity protocol
expert elicitation
expert evaluation
invasive alien species
Asia, Southeastern
Decision Support Techniques
Plant Diseases
Risk Assessment
MD Multidisciplinary
Strategic, Defence & Security Studies
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences