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A review of volunteers’ motivations to monitor and control invasive alien species

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People make an important contribution to the study and management of biological invasions, as many monitoring and control projects rely heavily on volunteer assistance. Understanding the reasons why people participate in such projects is critical for successful recruitment and retention of volunteers. We used a meta-synthesis approach to extract, analyze and synthesize the available information from 28 selected studies investigating motivations of volunteers to engage in monitoring and control of invasive alien species (IAS). Our findings show how motivations fit three broad themes, reflecting environmental concerns, social motivations, and personal reasons. An important outcome of this study is the description of motivations that are unique to the IAS context: supporting IAS management, protecting native species and habitats, and livelihood/food/income protection or opportunities. In addition, our study reflects on important methodological choices for investigating volunteer motivations as well as ethical issues that may arise in practice. We conclude with a set of recommendations for project design and future research on volunteer motivations in IAS contexts, emphasizing the importance of collaboration with social scientists.


Number of pages 23
Volume 73
Pages (to-from) 153-175
Type A1: Web of Science-article
Category Research
Magazine Neobiota
Language English

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Ana A. Anđelković
Lori Lawson Handley
Elizabete Marchante
Tim Adriaens
Peter J.M. Brown
Elena Tricarico
Laura N. H. Verbrugge