Nature
Bern Convention
Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species (IAS)


The Bern Convention created in 1992 a specialised group of experts called "Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species". 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. The group of experts meets every two years to check progress in implementation and propose new ideas.

The Group held its last meeting in 2014.


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]

 

Recommendations
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
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
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


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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