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Invasive Species Resources

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European Union. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM).

Polska Akademia Nauk (Polish Academy of Sciences). Instytut Ochrony Przyrody (Institute of Nature Conservation).

European Food Safety Authority.

Belgian Biodiversity Platform.

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.

Mediterranean Science Commission.

European Commission.

In October 2016, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 on protective measures against plant pests (“Plant Health Law”). On 13 December 2016, the Regulation entered into force and will be applicable from 14 December 2019. The new rules aim to modernise the plant health regime, enhancing more effective measures for the protection of the Union's territory and its plants. The Plant Health Law increases the prevention against the introduction of new pests via imports from third countries. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019 establishes the list of high risk plants the introduction of which into the EU territory will be provisionally prohibited from 14 December 2019 until a full risk assessment has been carried out. Published in the Official Journal on 11 October 2019, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1702 lists 20 quarantine pests as priority pests, including Xylella fastidiosa, the Japanese beetle, the Asian long-horned beetle, Citrus greening and Citrus Black Spot, whose economic, environmental and social impact on EU territory is the most severe.

European Commission. Joint Research Centre.

European Commission. Joint Research Centre.

European Alien Species Information Network.

Close to 7,000 different species are owned by pet owners across Europe, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish. Some of these pet species are imported from outside Europe and can potentially cause ecological problems if they escape or are released in the environment. The importation of some invasive alien species is prohibited (Council Regulation (EC) 338/97 (PDF | 3.78 MB)) due to their invasive character and the fact that their introduction has an adverse impact on native species. In addition, the Council of Europe has designed a voluntary code of conduct (PDF | 1.92 MB) to raise awareness within the pet industry and among owners and keepers of pets and provide practical guidance to reduce further the chances of pet species becoming invasive in Europe.

Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark.
United Kingdom Environment Agency.

Malta Environment & Resources Authority.

Környezetvédelmi és Vízügyi Minisztérium (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Water Resources, Hungary); National Ecological Network.

National Biodiversity Data Centre (Ireland).

National Biodiversity Data Centre (Ireland).

National Biodiversity Data Centre (Ireland).