Kenyan scientists formulate invasive species strategy
A draft strategy for the management of invasive alien species in protected conservation areas in Kenya has been completed. This was done by a team of scientists from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) - an IUCN member, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) at a three-day retreat at the Sportsman Arms Hotel, Nanyuki. The formulation process started in 2008 with various partners including the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau (CABI-Africa) and IUCN.
It aims at developing strategies that will curb the risk of invasive alien species that has been recognised as one of the greatest threats to the ecological and economic well being of the planet. According to the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), invasive alien species are introduced species that become established in a new environment, then reproduce and spread in ways that adversely impact on both human and natural environments.