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What are Local Action Groups?

A Local Action Group (LAG) is a term used to describe a group or project focussed on reducing the risks and impacts associated with invasive non-native species in a locality.

LAGs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Some projects cover a county or region, whilst other are focussed on a single river catchment. The organic evolution of LAGs is partly due to the lack of interference from Government and national agencies. This has allowed a dynamic and growing network of LAGs to form, with LAGs now covering a large proportion of GB.

Why are Local Action Groups important?

LAGs to tackle invasive non-native species are a relatively new phenomenon, but have proven invaluable in delivering sustainable, long term management of certain species at a local and regional level. They also undertake a huge amount of work to increase awareness of the risks and impacts associated with invasive non-native species and have helped to bridge the gap between high-level policy and local stakeholders.

How does the GB NNSS support the work of Local Action Groups?

The GB NNSS supports the work of LAGs in a number of ways. It organises an Annual Workshop for LAG staff and volunteers to exchange best practice and learn about GB-level progress and priorities. The NNSS has also put together a 'toolkit' of resources to help establish new LAGs and ensure the long term viability of existing LAGs. The toolkit can be accessed here.

How do I join a Local Action Group?

Check out the links on the left for information on some existing LAGs. If you can't find anything in your area, .

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