Atlantic Territories Workshop 1

First horizon scanning exercise for the Atlantic territories

The programme of horizon scanning to identify priority non-native invasive species of concern to each UK Overseas Territory has now been completed for the first three of the six Atlantic Territories. The consensus workshop for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI), and the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) was held from 22ndto 25thOctober at the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge. Around 25 participants attended the workshop, which was hosted by the IUCN and led by Prof. Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, assisted by a team of local and global taxonomic experts.
Priority species not present in each territory and with a high likelihood of arrival within the next 10 years have been provisionally identified for each Territory, with a total of 28 species for the Falklands, 20 for SGSSI and 16 for BAT, covering all taxonomic groups and including both terrestrial and marine species. Lists are currently under review by the panel of experts.

Pathways of entry for each species have also been identified. In the concluding session of the workshop, participants considered the mitigation actions which could be used to reduce the risk of arrival of new species by drafting pathway action plans.

The work will continue over the subsequent months, finalising the list of priority species and developing cost-effective actions to reduce the threat of each pathway.

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