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UK Government makes commitment towards achieving the Honolulu Challenge

21 December 2016

UK Government makes commitment towards achieving the Honolulu Challenge
The UK Government commits to spending £2.75 million on assisting its Overseas Territories to develop comprehensive biosecurity for invasive non-native species as well as making a substantial contribution to the eradication of mice from Gough Island to save the critically endangered Tristan albatross and Gough bunting as well as other threatened species.

Specifically, this involves a commitment of £1 million towards developing comprehensive biosecurity for the Overseas Territories by providing them with access to UK expertise on risk analysis, pathway management, pest identification, horizon scanning, contingency planning, rapid response capability and species management. The Government also commits to making a £1.75 million contribution to the eradication of mice from Gough Island to save the critically endangered Tristan albatross and Gough bunting as well as other threatened species on the World Heritage site.

Read more about the Honolulu challenge here: https://www.iucn.org/theme/species/our-work/invasive-species/honolulu-challenge-invasive-alien-species/commitments

New invasive species executive order signed by President Obama

12 December 2016

New invasive species executive order signed by President Obama

President Obama has signed a new executive order - Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species (Dec 5, 2016).

This order amends Executive Order 13112 and directs actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species. This order:

  • maintains the National Invasive Species Council (Council) and the Invasive Species Advisory Committee
  • expands the membership of the Council
  • clarifies the operations of the Council
  • incorporates considerations of human and environmental health, climate change, technological innovation, and other emerging priorities into Federal efforts to address invasive species
  • strengthens coordinated, cost-efficient Federal action
For more information and to view the Executive Order visit the White House website.

PhD opportunity

01 December 2016

PhD opportunity
New fully funded PhD opportunity at the University of Aberdeen. Title - Population connectivity of native and invasive species in the Fens: what are appropriate habitats for conservation?

For more information visit the website. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.

New Environment Agency Biosecurity Newsletter

28 November 2016

New Environment Agency Biosecurity Newsletter
The Autumn edition of the Environment Agency's Biosecurity News is now available. Click here to download a copy.


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