Brussels event - Exchanging experience on the management of IAS in Europe

A joint event between RAPID Life and the Belgian Forum on Invasive Species (BFIS)

18th of December 2019 at Brussels Environment

The RAPID Life Project (Reducing and Preventing IAS Dispersal) and the Belgian Forum on Invasive Species (BFIS) co-organised an event in Brussels to facilitate the exchange of information on IAS prevention and management between stakeholders in different European countries. The event looked at the ways in which the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species is being implemented in different EU member states, and brought together EU Life Projects working on IAS in different European countries in order to share information and encourage collaboration.

Objectives:

•To explore how the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species is being interpreted and implemented in different EU member states; to encourage discussion, information exchange, and collaboration on this.

•To showcase some of the many different EU-Funded Life projects that are currently working on IAS management and prevention in Europe and to explore some of the problems and solutions encountered by these projects, in the hope that this may prove useful to other such projects.

•To bring together EU Life Projects working on IAS in Europe, and other stakeholders working on IAS management and prevention in Europe in order to facilitate information exchange and promote collaboration.

Participants:

The event brought together stakeholders working on IAS prevention and management in different EU countries. These include: scientific researchers, project managers, conservation organisations, national and regional government, and representatives of the European Commission. EU Life Projects currently working on IAS were invited to attend and present. The event aimed to bring together a variety of stakeholders from as many EU Member States as possible.

Duration and programme:

The event lasted one day, divided into a morning and an afternoon session. The programme for the event can be viewed and downloaded here.

The morning session featured representatives from different EU member states talking about how the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species is being implemented in their countries. This was followed by a discussion in which all attendees were welcome to participate.

After lunch, the afternoon session began with a presentation from a keynote speaker (Andy Sheppard, CSIRO Australia) on novel technologies for the prevention, surveillance and control of IAS.

The afternoon continued with a series of presentations from different Life Projects working on IAS in different European countries about the lessons they have learned that may be useful to other projects.

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Outcomes

The event was a huge success and, despite rail strikes in Belgium and France, was attended by nearly 200 people from 17 countries. There were a considerable number of people who were interested in attending but were unable to - we are including these people in the outcomes we send out to attendees. Taken all together, this means that the event has reached over 300 people from 20 countries.

All of the presentations given are available to view and download below. The entire event was also filmed, and the film can be viewed (in two parts) here (part 1: the morning session) and here (part 2: the afternoon session).

A full transcript is in preparation and will be made available soon. In this way, we hope to reach even more people with the information and ideas that were shared during this event. Photos of the event can be seen below.

There was a considerable amount of interest expressed in presenting work at this event and unfortunately we were not able to provide a time slot for all of those who had work they wished to contribute. We apologise to those we could not include and thank the many of these who attended the event and participated in the discussion. We were extremely lucky to have such a diverse and enthusiastic group of attendees, which created a very interesting discussion. We are also extremely thankful to all our speakers for giving such interesting and informative presentations.

For the morning session, we were lucky enough to have full presentations from 4 EU member states (Belgium, The Netherlands, France, and The United Kingdom), with further information provided from another 2 (Germany and Spain). The morning's discussion was open to all the attendees, and was extremely interesting, featuring insights from many different countries and from people working in many different areas and with different species.

Andy Sheppard gave an inspiring talk about the role  of new technologies in the surveillance and control of IAS. It was also very useful to have an Australian perspective during the discussion. The afternoon session then featured presentations on 6 different IAS Life Projects and initiatives, involving 9 countries.  We were extremely lucky to have Myriam Dumortier from the European Commission present the closing remarks, which included a great many inspiring ideas for the future.

It is hoped that this event has provided an opportunity for those working with IAS in different capacities and in different countries to meet and exchange information and ideas, and perhaps to help form new networks and collaborations for the future.

The film and transcript of the event will include the full discussion and the closing remarks and will be available here soon. Meanwhile, all of the presentations are available below.

Unfrotunately, Germany's representative was unable to attend on the day due to illness. However, they sent us the powerpoint presentation they were due to give, and we have included it here, along with a report on the analysis and prioritisation of IAS pathways in Germany (Rabitsch et al. 2018. Analysis and prioritisation of pathways of unintentional introduction and spread of invasive alien species in Germany in accordance with Regulation (EU) no 1143/2014).


Presentations in programme order:

Morning session: the implementation of the EU's IAS Regulation in different EU member states:

1. Belgium (Jane Reniers and Dido Gosse - The Belgian Scientific Secretariat on Invasive Alien Species)
2. The United Kingdom (Alexia Fish - APHA on behalf of DEFRA's Invasive Non-native Species Team)
3. France (Emmanuelle Sarat - IUCN French Committee and François Delaquaize - French Ministry of Ecology)
4. The Netherlands (Henk Groenewoud - The Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality)
5. Germany (Annika Tiesmeyer - The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation - not presented at the event)

6. Keynote presentation: Novel technologies for the prevention, surveillance, and control of IAS (Andy Sheppard, CSIRO Australia)

Afternoon session: Life Projects working on IAS in different parts of Europe present challenges and solutions

7. RAPID Life - England (Alexia Fish - Animal and Plant Health Agency and Corin Pratt - CABI)
8. Life ARTEMIS - Slovenia (Maarten de Groot - Slovenian Forestry Institute)
9. Life MICA - Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany (Margreet van Willegen - Waterschap Rivierenland)
10. ALIENS - The Italian Network of IAS Life Projects (Elena Tricario - University of Florence)
11. Life IAS-Free Habitats - Bulgaria (Svetlana Aladjem and Dimitrina Boteva - Information and Nature Conservation Foundation)
12. Life INVASAQUA - Spain and Portugal (Rosa Olivo del Amo - University of Murcia)


Film of the event

The entire event was filmed, and the film can be viewed (in two parts) here (part 1: the morning session) and here (part 2: the afternoon session).

A full transcript is in preparation and will be made available soon. All of the presentations can also be viewed and downloaded above. In this way, we hope to reach even more people with the information and ideas that were shared during this event.


Photos of the event

Registration

People take their seats for the morning session







Sonia Vanderhoeven of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, one of the event's organisers, welcomes the attendees

Jane Reniers of the Belgian Scientific Secretariat on IAS talks about the EU IAS Regulation in Belgium

Henk Groenewoud, of The Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality, talks about the EU IAS Regulation in The Netherlands

Emmanuelle Sarat, of the IUCN French Committee, talks about the EU IAS Regulation in France

Alexia Fish, of Great Britain's Animals and Plant Health Agency, spoke about the EU IAS Regulation in the UK, and the RAPID Life Project

The morning's discussion was open to all











Tim Adriaens of INBO, one of the event organisers, chaired the afternoon session



Keynote speaker Andy Sheppard of CSIRO Australia on novel technologies for the prevention, surveillance, and control of IAS





Elena Tricario on 'ALIENS', the Italian network of IAS Life projects



Maarten de Groot on the Life ARTEMIS Project (Slovenia)



Margreet van Willegen on the Life MICA Project (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany)



Svetlana Aladjem and Dimitrina Boteva on Life IAS-Free Habitats (Bulgaria)



Rosa Olivo del Amo on the Life INVASAQUA Project (Spain and Portugal)



Myriam Dumortier of the European Commission closes the day





The event organisers - a true collaboration between members of the Belgian Forum on Invasive Species and the RAPID Life project





Discussions continued afterwards over a beer



RAPID LIFE is a European Union funded project led by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in partnership with Natural England and Bristol Zoological Society and supported by a number of further technical partners.

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