Group of experts on Invasive Alien Species (IAS)



Photo: GEIBAlready in 1992 the Standing Committee to the Bern convention established a specialised "Group of experts on Invasive Alien Species". Acting under Article 11§2 of the convention the Group collected and analysed different national laws dealing with invasive species and proposed work aimed at the harmonisation of national regulations on introduced species, particularly on the fields of definitions, territorial scope of regulation, listing of species whose introduction is undesirable, identification of authorities responsible for permits, conditions for issuing such permits and control involved. One of the main products of the Group was the European Strategy on IAS, whose implementation is regularly monitored by the Group.

Since 2009 the Group has focussed its work on the identification and prioritisation of pathways, and started preparing targeted Codes of Conduct to address these. So far the Standing Committee has endorsed Codes of Conduct on IAS and activities such as horticulture, zoos and aquaria, botanic gardens, hunting, pets or recreational fishing. These codes of conduct are a useful tool for increasing awareness on the impact of IAS and federating the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders (including the business sector) through voluntary, sound and specific measures.

The group of experts meets every two years.


(Photo credit: GEIB)

The last meeting took place on 4-5 June 2015 in Slovenia.

 


Meetings


4-5 June 2015, Triglav National Park (Slovenia) - 11th Meeting of the Group of Experts

7 March 2014, Roma (Italy) - Summary of main conclusions

20-22 June 2013, Alghero (Italy) - 10th Meeting of the Group of Experts
Report of the 10th meeting -T-PVS(2013)5 + 5add

18-20 May 2011, St. Julians (Malta) - 9th Meeting of the Group of Experts
Report of the 9th meeting - T/PVS(2011)06

 

5-7 May 2009, Brijuni (Croatia) - 8th Meeting of the Group of Experts
Report of the 8th meeting - T/PVS(2009)08

 

Report of the 7th meeting - T/PVS(2007)09


Report of the 6th meeting of the Group of Experts - T/PVS(2005)09

 

Report of the 5th meeting of the Group of Experts - T/PVS(2003)06

 

Report of the 4th meeting of the Group of Experts - T/PVS(2002)11

 

Report of the 3rd meeting of the Group of Experts - T/PVS(1999)26

 

Report of the 2nd meeting of the Group of Experts - T/PVS(1997)16

 

Report of the 1st meeting of the Group of Experts - T/PVS(1995)30 [French only]

 

Publications


European Guidelines on Protected Areas and IAS

European Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens on Invasive Alien Species

European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species

Code of Conduct on Horticulture and Invasive Alien Plants

 

 

Recommendations


Recommendation No. 170 (2014) on the European Code of Conduct on Recreational Fishing and Invasive Alien Species

Recommendation No. 167 (2013) on the European Guidelines on Protected Areas and Invasive Alien Species

Recommendation No. 166 (2013) on the European Code of Conduct on Hunting and Invasive Alien Species

Recommendation No. 161 (2012) on the European Code of Conduct for Zoological Gardens and Aquaria on Invasive Alien Species

 

Recommendation No. 160 (2012) on the European Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens on Invasive Alien Species

 

Recommendation No. 158 (2012) on Conservation translocations under changing climatic conditions

 

Recommendation No. 154 (2011) on the European Code of Conduct on Pets and Invasive Alien Species

 

Recommendation No. 149 (2010) on the eradication of the Ruddy Duck in the Western Palaearctic

 

Recommendation No. 142 (2009) interpreting the CBD definition of invasive alien species to take into account climate change

 

Recommendation No. 141 (2009) on potentially invasive alien plants being used as biofuel crops

 

Recommendation No. 134 (2008) on the European Code of Conduct on Horticulture and Invasive Alien Plants

 

Recommendation No. 126 (2007) on the eradication of some invasive alien plant species

 

Recommendation No. 125 (2007) on trade in invasive and potentially invasive alien species in Europe

 

Recommendation No. 124 (2007) on progress in the eradication of the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

 

Recommendation No. 123 (2007) on limiting the dispersal of the Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

 

Recommendation No. 114 (2005) on the control of the Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in Italy

 

Recommendation No. 99 (2003) on the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species

 

Recommendation No. 91 (2002) on Invasive Alien Species that threaten biological diversity in Islands and geographically and evolutionary isolated ecosystems

 

Recommendation No. 78 (1999) on the conservation of the red squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in Italy

 

Recommendation No. 77 (1999) on the eradication of non-native terrestrial vertebrates

 

Recommendation No. 61 (1997) on the conservation of the White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala)

 

Recommendation No. 57 (1997) on the introduction of organisms belonging to non-native species into the environment

 

Recommendation No. 45 (1995) on controlling proliferation of Caulerpa taxifolia in the Mediterranean

 

Recommendation No. 18 (1989) on the protection of indigenous crayfish in Europe

 

Recommendation No. 14 (1985) of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the introduction of the American cotton-rabbit (Sylvilagus sp) into Europe

 


Reports and documents


The Bern Convention and EU Regulation 1143/2014 on the Prevention and Management of the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2015)14E

European Code of Conduct on Recreational Fishing and Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2014)18E

European Guidelines on Protected Areas and IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2013)22E

European Code of Conduct on Hunting and IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2013)20E

European Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens on Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2012)01E

European Code of Conduct on Zoological Gardens and aquaria and Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2011)26E

Code of Conduct on Pets and Invasive Alien Species (including ornamental fish) in Europe - T-PVS/Inf(2011)01revE

Invasiveness of biofuel crops and potential harm to natural habitats and native species - T-PVS/Inf(2009)06E

Bern Convention action on invasive alien species in Europe - T-PVS/Inf(2008)03E

Updating the follow-up of the implementation of the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2005)25

 

Overview of existing international/regional mechanisms to ban or restrict trade in potentially invasive alien species - T-PVS/Inf(2006)08

 

Identification of non-native freshwater fish established in Europe, assessing their potential threat to native biological diversity - T-PVS(2001)06

 

Methods to control and eradicate non-native terrestrial vertebrate species (Nature and environment No. 118) (2001)

 

Guidelines for the eradication of terrestrial vertebrates : a European contribution to the invasive alien species issue - T-PVS(2000)65rev

 

Introductions of non-native organisms into the natural environment (Nature and Environment No. 73) (1998)

 

Introduction of non-native plants into the natural environment (Nature and Environment No. 87) (1998)

 

 

Publications in other languages


Code of Conduct on Horticulture and Invasive Alien Plants (in Spanish)


Code on horticulture and invasive alien plants (in Italian)

 


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