As part of its ”Climate Initiative” programme to promote research on climate change, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports five initiative; one of which includes research on Invasive Insects and Their Cost Following Climate Change (Invacost) carried out by Franck Courchamp, researcher in the ecology, systematics and evolution laboratory (University Paris-Sud / CNRS). This project screens both the impact (health, environmental …) of potential insects’ invasion, as well as the costs in order to devise strategies.
In the coming decades, the global temperature will increase, permanently altering our environment. This could lead some organizations to act or change their behavior. Although, it is likely that in the future we will observe some animals leaving the southern regions to the northern ones as the southern areas are becoming too hot.
Insects are a particular concern for the scientists. Indeed, the global warming could lead to a massive invasion that would seriously impact the biodiversity, agriculture, public health and the economy.
Control programs, research and monitoring of invasive species in Europe now reach an annual cost of 12.5 billion euros. This program propose to evaluate the risks and consequences of such an invasion with twenty particular insects, known to have a huge impact on biodiversity and human health, such as tiger mosquito, termites, etc …
Following the Invacost project, you will know in real time the progress of our research and dive, with our reports, into the life of a research laboratory. Do not hesitate to ask questions to the research team and discuss with us!