Conference: Invasive Alien Species: the Urban Dimension

The IUCN European Union Representative Office and the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group are organizing a conference to discuss the challenges related to invasive alien species in Europe’s urban areas. The event is to take place at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland on 5 September 2013.  

Trachemys scripta elegans

Local and regional authorities can play a key role in helping address the risks associated with biological invasions and can contribute to raising awareness among decision-makers and citizens.

The conference will bring together European, national and local governmental representatives as well as experts and NGOs to exchange knowledge and best practices on solutions to reduce the impacts of invasive species in urban areas.

It will serve as a forum for competent authorities in Europe to be better informed about invasive alien species and the current state of the art of scientific knowledge and expertise. Examples of local action in urban areas will be presented to foster exchange and mutual learning in Europe. 

The event is organized with the financial support from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.  

For registration or further questions, please contact: Chantal van Ham, IUCN EU Representative Office Brussels, tel. +32(0) 2 739 0312 or e-mail:


Work area: 
Invasive species
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