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Pilot Application of ‘Invasive Alien Species in Europe’ Smartphone App in the Danube Region

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS), 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Institute for Biological Research ‘Siniša Stanković’, University of Belgrade, Bulevar Despota Stefana, 142, 11060 Belgrade, Serbia
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Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Ovidius University Constanța, 900470 Constanța, Romania
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), 21027 Ispra, Italy
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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Forestry, 10 Kliment Ohridski Blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Black Sea Institute for Development and Security Studies, Ovidius University Constanța, 900470 Constanța, Romania
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PIKSEL S.r.l., 20126 Milan, Italy
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National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Biological Faculty, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, 8 Dragan Tsankov Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
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MITGIS, 52210 Rovinj, Croatia
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GFT Technologies, 20139 Milan, Italy
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Academic Editors: Lyudmila Kamburska, Agnese Marchini and Hugh MacIsaac
Water 2021, 13(21), 2952; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13212952
Received: 24 September 2021 / Revised: 16 October 2021 / Accepted: 18 October 2021 / Published: 20 October 2021
The present pilot study tested and validated the use of the ‘Invasive Alien Species in Europe’ smartphone app (IASapp) in the Lower Danube Region. The study was conducted in three stages: (1) Testing the effectiveness of the app in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia by organizing information and field testing campaigns; (2) Improving and extending the functionality of the app and developing a list of the invasive alien species (IAS) of concern to the Danube River Basin (DRB); and (3) Testing the updated app during the Joint Danube Survey 4 campaign. Overall, 13 campaigns were carried out, during which seven aquatic IAS of EU concern and nine IAS relevant to the DRB were recorded. Currently, the developed new functionality of IASapp allows the recording of 64 IAS of DRB concern. The updated IASapp has an important role in increasing public awareness on IAS issues, as well as in enlarging the participation and output of citizen science in the IAS early detection, monitoring and reporting in the DRB. Therefore, the constant communication with existing stakeholder groups and establishment of new citizen science groups is crucial for increasing the effectiveness of using the IASapp in the Danube Region and tackling the IAS issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: invasive alien species (IAS) of European Union concern; IAS of concern to the Danube River Basin; aquatic IAS; citizen science; mobile recording tool; early detection; monitoring; awareness raising invasive alien species (IAS) of European Union concern; IAS of concern to the Danube River Basin; aquatic IAS; citizen science; mobile recording tool; early detection; monitoring; awareness raising
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Trichkova, T.; Paunović, M.; Cogălniceanu, D.; Schade, S.; Todorov, M.; Tomov, R.; Stănescu, F.; Botev, I.; López-Cañizares, C.; Gervasini, E.; Hubenov, Z.; Ignatov, K.; Kenderov, M.; Marinković, N.; Mitton, I.; Preda, C.; Spinelli, F.A.; Tsiamis, K.; Cardoso, A.C. Pilot Application of ‘Invasive Alien Species in Europe’ Smartphone App in the Danube Region. Water 2021, 13, 2952. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13212952

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Trichkova T, Paunović M, Cogălniceanu D, Schade S, Todorov M, Tomov R, Stănescu F, Botev I, López-Cañizares C, Gervasini E, Hubenov Z, Ignatov K, Kenderov M, Marinković N, Mitton I, Preda C, Spinelli FA, Tsiamis K, Cardoso AC. Pilot Application of ‘Invasive Alien Species in Europe’ Smartphone App in the Danube Region. Water. 2021; 13(21):2952. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13212952

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Trichkova, Teodora, Momir Paunović, Dan Cogălniceanu, Sven Schade, Milcho Todorov, Rumen Tomov, Florina Stănescu, Ivan Botev, Celia López-Cañizares, Eugenio Gervasini, Zdravko Hubenov, Kostadin Ignatov, Marian Kenderov, Nikola Marinković, Irena Mitton, Cristina Preda, Fabiano Antonio Spinelli, Konstantinos Tsiamis, and Ana Cristina Cardoso. 2021. "Pilot Application of ‘Invasive Alien Species in Europe’ Smartphone App in the Danube Region" Water 13, no. 21: 2952. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13212952

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