Scotland

Scottish Working Group on Invasive Non-native Species

Terms of Reference

The remit of the Scottish Working Group on Invasive Non-Native Species is to:

  • Coordinate the overall response of public-sector and other bodies in Scotland to the environmental, social and economic challenges presented by invasive non-native species;
  • Provide a forum within which the development of coherent cross-cutting policy on invasive non-natives in Scotland can be pursued and lead responsibilities agreed;
  • Promote the better integration of policy and practice across the public sector and other sectors where appropriate, and provide a context within which specific action can be pursued and current and future requirements for advice and research identified;
  • Contribute to and support the effectiveness of wider action on invasive non-native species at the GB level, in particular through the GB Programme Board.
  • Report to the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change on ad-hoc issues through the Natural Resources Division.

Scope of Group

The Scottish Working Group will consider all matters concerning invasive non-native species.  The definition of invasive non-native species used by the group is equivalent to the definition given in the Convention on Biological Diversity for invasive alien species: “a non-native species whose introduction and/or spread threaten biological diversity.”  

The impact of species at the population level should also be considered e.g. populations of the same species fish can vary greatly genetically between catchments.     

Membership:


Work programme:

  1. Prioritisation - Identify a set of priorities for action in Scotland - agree lead partner(s) - agree appropriate mechanisms for the further development and implementation of practical measures.   
  2. Coordination of species issues - support rapid responses for control and eradication and facilitate where necessary - provide overview and consideration of management action within Scotland  
  3. GB Strategy - take forward (or input into) implementation of key tasks - consider funding for tasks to help deliver the GB Strategy



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