GB co-ordination

GB Coordination involves the GB Non-native Species Coordinating Mechanism, which consists of a Programme Board, Secretariat, Risk Analysis Panel, Stakeholder Forum and Working Groups. The Programme Board and key stakeholders interact via working groups and the annual stakeholder forum; this is facilitated by the Secretariat and its website. The remits and aims of the individual constituents of the mechanism are summarised below (for full details use the links on the left):
Programme Board

The Programme Board was established in March 2005 to deliver strategic consideration of the threat of invasive non-native species across Britain. The Programme Board is made up of senior representatives from across GB Administrations and their agencies, exercising responsibility in their own areas and as representatives of wider interests and it is supported by an independent Secretariat.

Non-native Species Secretariat

The Non-native Species Secretariat was set up in March 2006. The main duties of the Secretariat are to support the actions and to undertake a programme of work to meet the aims of the Programme Board. The Secretariat is the focal point for communication and coordination between the Programme Board, Working Groups and stakeholders.

The Stakeholder Forum

The Stakeholder Forum is usually an annual meeting of a large group of stakeholder representatives from all sectors. The aim of the Forum is to give relevant stakeholders the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the progress of non-native species issues in Britain.

Risk Analysis Panel

The Non-native Species Risk Analysis Panel (NNRAP) is a core group of risk analysis experts who provide advice on risk associated with non-native species and pathways.

Non-Native Species Information Portal

The Non-native Species Information Portal (NNSIP) provides a central repository for distribution data and information about non-native species in Britain. Launched in 2011, the Portal (hosted here on the NNSS website) provides basic information about all non-native species in Britain and more detailed factsheets for 300. The main aim of the project is to improve the recording and flow of non-native species distribution in Britain and provide a central repository of useful information accessible to all stakeholders.

Working Groups

Working groups are established by the Secretariat on behalf of the Programme Board as and when required to examine specific issues or to deliver specified outcomes.

The following working groups have been established:

Strategy Working Group (finished)

This working group produced The Invasive Non-native Species Framework Strategy for Britain, launched on 28th May 2008, along with an Implementation Plan.

Rapid Response Working Group (finished, but with an ongoing role)

The Rapid Response Working Group was set up in February 2008. The main aim of the Working Group was to draft the Rapid Response Report for the Programme Board, a protocol on establishing a clear process for implementing rapid responses against invasive non-native species in Britain.

Media and Communications Working Group (finished, but with an ongoing role)

The Media and Communications Working Group was set up in March 2008. The main task of the working group was to develop the Media and Communication Strategic Plan for the GB Non-native Species Programme Board.

Training Working (sub) Group (finished)

The Training Working Group was established in October 2010. The Group reviewed training relating to non-native species across Britain and provided recommendations for improvements. A Report of the Non-native Species Training Working Group for Britain was drafted for the GB Non-native Species Programme Board.

Country Working Groups

Country Working Groups have been established in parallel to the GB Mechanism as a forum for each country to discuss and tackle specific national priorities. These groups are independent of the Mechanism and set their own terms of reference and objectives, however there are close links through the members of each group and the Secretariat. Follow this links to find out more about the country working groups.


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