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LIFE and Invasive Alien Species – New LIFE Nature Publication

The latest LIFE Nature Focus publication from the European Commission’s LIFE Nature Unit takes a timely look at one of the greatest threats to Europe’s biodiversity, ecosystem services, human health and economic activities.


OPW Team treating non-native invasives on the Annagh River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


The publication has just been launched and features LIFE projects across Europe, including Ireland, which have been dealing with Alien Invasive Species. The 76-page ‘LIFE and invasive alien species’ brochure links the work of LIFE projects with the aims of the new EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation.


American Mink – one of the AIS discussed in the publication (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


There are an estimated 1200-1800 IAS in Europe and the impact of such species is of growing concern. The LIFE programme has been addressing the problems posed by invasive alien species for more than two decades.


Digging Out Giant Hogweed

Volunteers addressing giant hogweed in a recreational area (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


Indeed, in that time some 265 LIFE projects have included measures to deal with IAS, ranging from steps to prevent their spread to control and eradication actions in places where   invasive alien species are already present and having a negative impact on native species and habitats. LIFE also provides a deep well of learning on trans-border cooperation, dissemination and awareness-raising efforts with regards to IAS.



Extent of Himalayan Balsam at Annacotty weir before removal (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)


The new brochure examines the lessons learned from the LIFE programme’s extensive experience of dealing with the impacts of IAS. As such it is essential   reading for policymakers and practitioners in this field. This will be a valuable support for the implementation of the new EU   Regulation on Invasive Alien Species .


To download this very useful LIFE Nature publication (6.92 mb PDF) please see:

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