Check, Clean, Dry Biosecurity Partnership

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are one of the world’s biggest environmental threats and cost the GB economy nearly £2 billion annually. The cost to water companies is at least £7.5 million per annum, a figure expected to rise as increasing numbers of invasive species arrive in the country.

In order to limit future costs, maintain services and help protect the environment, eight water companies are investing £150k per annum for three years from 2017, to tackle aquatic invasive species through an enhanced Check, Clean, Dry work programme. The GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) is responsible for the delivery of the work programme, overseen by a partnership steering group of water companies and key Check, Clean, Dry partners.

Work programme

The work programme consists of six key areas:

  1. Border campaign: run a Check, Clean, Dry campaign at the border.
  2. Survey: assess the current level of awareness and explore optimal mechanisms to bring about behaviour change.
  3. Communications products: refine our communication products (such as signage) and, where necessary, tailor them to different recreational user groups.
  4. Practical biosecurity: provide demonstrations at major sporting events and possibly procure mobile cleaning stations.
  5. Training: deliver training (including development of existing biosecurity e-learning), talks and articles in specialist magazines.
  6. European work: work with Belgian and Dutch partners to develop and deploy communication tools that can be used at high risk jump-off sites on mainland Europe.

Year one

In the first year of the project there was significant progress in a number of key areas:

  • running a ten week border biosecurity campaign at ports across England from July - September
  • commissioning a survey of awareness of key stakeholders and public attitudes towards non-native species in England
  • carrying out a review of the Check, Clean, Dry campaign and developing updated materials to ensure these are effective in engaging recreational water users
  • working with colleagues across the British Irish Council administrations to expand the reach of the Check, Clean, Dry campaign by adopting this across all eight administrations (England, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales)

Reception to celebrate collaboration on Check, Clean, Dry

A reception was held at the House of Lords on Monday 16 October 2017 to celebrate collaboration on the Check, Clean, Dry campaign.

Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity opened proceedings and thanked partners for their contributions.

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