Call for case studies: tackling invasive species in Europe's urban areas

Recognising the significance of benefits of strengthening collaboration in support of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and management at the local level, cities, local and regional authorities and other urban actors have a critical role to play in implementing national and international biodiversity targets.

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Highlighting the major threats that invasive alien species pose to native biodiversity in Europe, in advance of the Conference on invasive species in urban areas, in September 2013, IUCN will compile an overview of case studies that showcase approaches to control, manage and eradicate invasive alien species or to prevent their introduction and establishment in urban environments in Europe. We welcome examples from other parts of the world as well.

In this context, urban environment is defined as: land covered by artificial surfaces (e.g. for residential areas, industrial and commercial sites). This includes cities and towns, as well as their surrounding areas which contribute to the provision of goods and services.

This questionnaire, which can be accessed via the link under downloads on the right, aims to collect knowledge, experience and examples of approaches to reduce the impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity at the local level by a diversity of stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, scientists, trade associations, NGOs and other civil society groups.

For questions or if would rather have a telephone interview instead of filling in the form, please contact: Chantal van Ham, e-mail: [email protected] or tel. +32(0)2 739 0312.

IUCN will compile the case studies in a publication to be disseminated to the participants of the conference and other interested parties. It will be made available on this website, as well as the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group website.

A selection of case studies will be presented during the conference in September and speakers invited to share their knowledge and practices will receive reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs. Participants to the event will be reimbursed for accommodation and local travel to and from the venue.

The information provided will only be used for publication purposes and dissemination after approval.

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2013. 

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