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Abstract

A pathways risk assessment of aquatic non-indigenous macroinvertebrates passing to, and through, the Central European invasion corridor.

Abstract

pathways risk assessment is a part of an integrated assessment for the horizon scanning of non-indigenous species introductions. We examined past pathways, and their vectors, of aquatic NIS already present in Belarus in order to predict those species likely to spread to Belarus and arrive to Western Europe along the Central European invasion corridor. Twenty-four aquatic non-indigenous macroinvertebrates are known within Belarusian rivers, lakes and reservoirs, six of these have already spread westwards through Belarus. The modes of spread for these NIS were vessel transport, navigation corridors, and natural spread following an initial introduction.