Invasive Alien Species

FAO, IPPC Launch Online Course on Forest Phytosanitary Measures [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat announced the launch of an online training course titled, ‘Trade in forest commodities and the role of phytosanitary measures.'

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South Africa Designates Nature Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of South Africa has designated the uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve, a BirdLife Important Bird Area in KwaZulu-Natal province, as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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Event: Leadership Summit for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) [viewed]

This Summit aims to bring together Heads of Governments, Ministers of the Environment, Chief Executive Officers of major corporations and donor agencies to set a new course for the management and preservation of the region's marine and coastal environment. Co-hosted by the Prime Minister of Grenada and the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the event is supported by Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, and The Nature Conservancy. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) was launched in 2008 to provide greater leadership for protecting and sustainably managing the marine and coastal environment across the Caribbean.  

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GLISPA, Micronesia Challenge Strategize on Next Phases [viewed]

8 March 2013: At recent meetings, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Steering Committee discussed strategies for achieving GLISPA's goals for 2013, including combating invasive species, stimulating "blue-green" economic growth and accomplishing debt-for-adaptation swaps to finance ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) activities, while the Micronesia Challenge discussed its second phase.

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Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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BirdLife and IUCN Organize Event on Addressing IAS in EU Legislation [viewed]

22 February 2013: BirdLife and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 February 2013 on the threat posed by invasive alien species (IAS). The event was hosted by Member of the European Parliament Poc, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

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EEA Releases Reports on Invasive Species [viewed]

EEA21 February 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on invasive species. The first, titled "The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe," discusses the effects and spread of some species. The second, titled "Invasive alien species indicators in Europe," looks at the methodology for collecting the data.

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Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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GWF Discussion Paper Highlights Role of Bark Beetle Infestations in Water Quality Decline [viewed]

12 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Water Forum (GWF) has issued a discussion paper titled “Bark Beetle Infestations Affect Water Quality in the Rocky Mountains of North America,” by Eric Dickenson, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Reed Maxwell, John McCray, Jonathan Sharp and Kristin Mikkelson, Colorado School of Mines.

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Event: Invasive Species: Islands Offer Lessons for the World [viewed]

This panel discussion is being convened by the US National Invasive Species Council, in collaboration with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), as part of the opening of the 2013 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). In this session, policy leaders and invasive species experts from Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean island countries will discuss the range of invasive species challenges they face, focusing on how leadership, coordination with allied issues and cooperation with partners are key ingredients to their biosecurity, control and eradication efforts.  

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