Strategy development

The Invasive Non-native Species Framework Strategy, approved by ministers and launched on 28th May 2008, is intended to provide a strategic framework within which the actions of government departments, their related bodies and key stakeholders can be better co-ordinated.  Its overall aim is to minimise the risks posed, and reduce the negative impacts caused, by invasive non-native species in Great Britain.

This strategy was drafted by a working group consisting of key stakeholders from industry, Non Governmental Organisations and government. Membership included:
  • Wildlife Species Conservation Division, Defra (Chair)
  • Non-native Species Secretariat (Secretary)
  • Plant Health Division, Defra
  • Pet Care Trust / Sustainable Users Network
  • Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association
  • Horticultural Trades Association
  • Plantlife (on behalf of Scottish Environment Protection agency)
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • International Animal Health Veterinary Unit, Defra
  • Surveillance, Zoonoses & Emerging Issues Division, Defra
  • Environment Agency
  • Welsh Assembly Government
  • Central Science Laboratory
  • Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD)
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Network Rail
  • Imperial College London
  • Department for Transport
  • RSPB (on behalf of Wildlife and Countryside Link)
  • Natural England

The working group was the first of a series of groups set up to address key recommendations in the Review of Non-native Species Policy (2003). The Group produced a draft GB Non-native Species Strategy for public consultation in February 2007.  An initial Regulatory Impact Assessment was also produced.

A public consultation of the draft Strategy was launched on 28th February 2007 and closed on 23rd May 2007.  The Secretariat has collated and analysed the responses and these are contained in the Summary of Responses.

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