Prioritizing sensitive and susceptible sites

Site-based prioritization is needed because the risk of entry and establishment by invasive species is unevenly distributed across landscapes and regions.

Site-based prioritization focuses on two broad categories of sites.

Susceptible sites: These are those sites most likely to be invaded. This includes sites that are most exposed to invasion, such as those associated with high human activity (high exposure). Susceptible sites are also areas where invasive species are likely to establish and spread, or invasible areas, such as highly disturbed areas. [1]

Sensitive sites: Sites can also be prioritized based on their vulnerability to the impact of invasions if it happens. Sites where the consequences of any impact are significant and where invasion is particularly undesirable can be considered sensitive to invasion and prioritized for management attention for this reason. This includes, functionally important sites, such as water catchments, wetlands, and waterways. Sites may also be sensitive because of their high conservation status, such as protected areas and islands. [1]

Both susceptible and sensitive sites can be prioritized for prevention, and any specific site can be  both susceptible and sensitive, such as riparian areas. [1]

Site-based prioritization for invasion policy and management target sites susceptible to invasion and those that are sensitive to invasion (from [1])

Prioritizing sites


Referenced material

[1]McGeoch, M.A., Genovesi, P., Bellingham, P.J., Costello, M.J., McGrannachan, C. & Sheppard, A.  2016. Prioritizing species, pathways, and sites to achieve conservation targets for biological invasion. Biological Invasions 18, 299-314. doi 10.1007/s10530-015-1013-1