The essence of LIFE Resilias is to demonstrate the ecosystem resilience approach, the advantages of this approach, how the method can be used in practice and what this means for nature management and the translation into policy. The project team will work on this over the next seven years, together with managers, owners, policy developers and other stakeholders. In this way, we will use a broadly applicable method to increase the resilience of ecosystems effectively and efficiently. By doing that the ecosystems will be strong enough to counteract the dominance of invasive alien species.
By looking for the weak spots of the alien species, you can respond to these weaknesses and strengthen the ecosystem so that it can prevent the alien species from dominating. For example, by introducing native species that can compete with the alien species, because they take away something that the alien species needs to be successful. Such as sufficient light to be able to grow and spread quickly.
This approach is not only more effective, but also more natural. After all, no poison is needed and the use of machinery and manpower can be kept to a minimum in the long run. We simply help nature to get going, which makes the ecosystems more diverse and resilient. As a result, the system is strong enough to hold its own, despite the presence of invasive alien species. The increased resilience also reduces the chance of ecosystems being threatened by new invasive species, such as the tree of heaven.