England Working Group on Invasive Non-native Species

Terms of Reference

The remit of the England Working Group on Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) is to contribute to the delivery of the GB Strategy on Non-native Species and the work of the GB Programme Board.  We will:

  • Direct and support the response at an England-level to the environmental, social and economic challenges presented by invasive non-native species;
  • Identify and prioritise actions to address invasive non-native species threats in England with the aid of GB risk assessments and other relevant sources of information;
  • Advocate funding for prioritised tasks to deliver the GB strategy;
  • Support and promote the rapid implementation of appropriate responses for priority species and pathways;
  • Support and where appropriate, facilitate rapid response to new threats as required;
  • Maintain oversight of the management response at the England level to invasive species requiring coordinated long-term management;
  • Work with advice from the GB Non-native Species Media and Communications Strategic Plan to increase understanding and engagement of all sectors including the general public, government, industry and NGOs in INNS issues both within member organisations and more widely;
  • Encourage and contribute to the development, and where appropriate delivery, of education and training on invasive non-native species;
  • Promote/encourage, and where appropriate, facilitate effective monitoring and surveillance of INNS;
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of  information concerning INNS, and
  • Share progress with the other country groups

Scope of Group

The England Working Group will consider all matters concerning invasive non-native species.  Non-native species refers to a species, subspecies or lower taxon, introduced (i.e. by human action) outside its natural past or present distribution; includes any part, gametes, seeds, eggs, or propagules of such species that might survive and subsequently reproduce.   Invasive non-native species: means a non-native species whose introduction and/or spread threatens biological diversity.  This is interpreted broadly to include threats to the entire ecosystem including human interests (e.g. including threats to public health and financial damage).

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