Gibraltar Workshop

Completing horizon scanning for Gibraltar

A horizon scanning workshop was held for Gibraltar from 21st to 24th January 2019, coordinated by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change, and the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.

Participants included the international team led by Prof Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology together with taxonomic experts from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium Austria, and the UK, working closely with local experts from the Department and Botanic Gardens. Two orientation field trips were organised, one fore terrestrial specialists in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve and one for the marine team in coastal waters. Atwo-day workshop was then held to identify the priority species not present in Gibraltar and with a high likelihood of arrival within the next 10 years. A total of 58 species were identified: 14 marine species, 17 plants, 16 invertebrates, and 11 vertebrates.

As for the previous territories, pathways of entry for each species were identified and pathway action plans drafted, developing cost-effective actions to reduce the threat of each pathway.

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