The Economic Cost of Invasive and Non-native Species in Ireland and Northern Ireland (Mar 2013)
Invasive Species Ireland.
The Invasive Species in Ireland initiative has just published Ireland's first
report on the economic cost of invasive and non-native species in Ireland
and Northern Ireland.
Sale of Invasive Water Plants Banned to Protect Wildlife (Jan 29, 2013)
United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The sale of five invasive non-native aquatic plant species is to be banned in the UK in order to protect wildlife, Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today. The banned plants are Water Fern, Parrot's Feather, Floating Pennywort, Australian Swamp Stone-crop (New Zealand Pygmyweed), and Water Primrose. The ban means that all retailers will now have to stop selling these plants or face a fine of up to £5,000 and possibly up to six months in prison. Retailers have a year to adjust to the ban.
The Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe (Dec 2012)
European Environment Agency.
The purpose of this report is to raise awareness among key stakeholders, decision-makers, policymakers and the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of invasive alien species. Twenty-eight dedicated species accounts are provided to highlight the various types of impacts. These species accounts are based on thorough, up-to-date scientific information from recent research and studies, and highlight the multifaceted impacts of IAS at both the global and regional levels.
European Commission Launch the European Alien Species Information Network (Sep 14, 2012)
How many plants can be found in the Alps that are not native to that region? Which animals were deliberately or accidently introduced to the Danube? How big a threat will they become to local wildlife? EASIN, the European Alien Species Information Network, launched today by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), takes a first step towards answering these and other questions related to 16 000 alien species currently reported all over Europe. This information network - the first of its kind in Europe - is an important step to deal with the threat of alien species that become invasive.
Update to Europe's 'Alien' Species Catalogue (Sep 12, 2012)
Environment Research Council (NERC)-Centre
for Ecology & Hydrology.
The key catalogue of information on 'alien'
(non-native) species in Europe has undergone
a major update. The DAISIE (Delivering
Alien Invasive Species Inventory for Europe)
database allows the public and policymakers
to get a comprehensive overview of which alien
species are present in Europe, their impacts
and consequences for the environment and society.
Risk-Mapping for 100 Non-Native Species in Europe (PDF | 11.76 MB) (Aug 30, 2012)
European Network on Invasive Alien Species.
This new report by NOBANIS, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers is now available for free at the NOBANIS website.
The report aims at providing NOBANIS countries and other European countries with a useful tool for prioritizing their measures to prevent the introduction of IAS. The project further develops the use of biogeographic regions as a tool for warning European countries when a new, potentially invasive species is under establishment. By mapping the current distribution of 100 selected alien species from terrestrial, brackish and freshwater environments, whose distribution range is expectedly still expanding, risk profiles are created and hence the countries will be able to make national alarm lists for these species.