Invasive Alien Species

GLISPA, Micronesia Challenge Strategize on Next Phases [viewed]

8 March 2013: At recent meetings, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Steering Committee discussed strategies for achieving GLISPA's goals for 2013, including combating invasive species, stimulating "blue-green" economic growth and accomplishing debt-for-adaptation swaps to finance ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) activities, while the Micronesia Challenge discussed its second phase.

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Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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BirdLife and IUCN Organize Event on Addressing IAS in EU Legislation [viewed]

22 February 2013: BirdLife and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 February 2013 on the threat posed by invasive alien species (IAS). The event was hosted by Member of the European Parliament Poc, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

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EEA Releases Reports on Invasive Species [viewed]

EEA21 February 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on invasive species. The first, titled "The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe," discusses the effects and spread of some species. The second, titled "Invasive alien species indicators in Europe," looks at the methodology for collecting the data.

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Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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GWF Discussion Paper Highlights Role of Bark Beetle Infestations in Water Quality Decline [viewed]

12 February 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Water Forum (GWF) has issued a discussion paper titled “Bark Beetle Infestations Affect Water Quality in the Rocky Mountains of North America,” by Eric Dickenson, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Reed Maxwell, John McCray, Jonathan Sharp and Kristin Mikkelson, Colorado School of Mines.

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Event: Invasive Species: Islands Offer Lessons for the World [viewed]

This panel discussion is being convened by the US National Invasive Species Council, in collaboration with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), as part of the opening of the 2013 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). In this session, policy leaders and invasive species experts from Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean island countries will discuss the range of invasive species challenges they face, focusing on how leadership, coordination with allied issues and cooperation with partners are key ingredients to their biosecurity, control and eradication efforts.  

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Event: Biodiversity's Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Addressing the Problem of Invasive Species in Europe [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife, with the support of the European Habitats Forum, will organize a high-level debate at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the issue of invasive alien species in Europe and the development of an EU policy instrument to tackle them.  

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PILN "Soundbites" Features News on GLISPA and PIP [viewed]

SPREP31 January 2013: The Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) "Soundbites" January 2013 issue highlights the Solomon Islands' $1.5 million grant to fight the Giant African Snail, and the Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP) member contributions to the Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook (PECCO) report, which was released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Doha, Qatar, at the 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference.

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Sri Lanka Designates its Sixth Ramsar Site [viewed]

28 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Sri Lanka has designated Wilpattu Ramsar Wetland Cluster as its sixth Wetland of International Importance.

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