The Bern Convention Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species (IAS), created in 1992, meets for the 9th time
in Malta, 18-20 May 2011. The meeting will focus on a number of new codes of conduct on IAS and some activities
and topics: hunting, companion animals, zoological and botanical gardens and aquaria. The group of experts will
review the implementation of the European Strategy on Invasive alien species and of the Code of Conduct on Hunting
and Invasive Alien Species. The meeting should contribute to the exchange of experience in successful/failed
operations in the control of IAS in Europe and the Mediterranean as well as on the positive conservation gains and
the restoration of ecosystem after eradication. IAS in protected areas will be also a topic for discussion.