British Irish Council launch Invasive Species Week 2018!

23 March 2018

British Irish Council launch Invasive Species Week 2018!
On Friday 23 March 2018, Minsters from across the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey met for a meeting of the British-Irish Council environment work sector in Farmleigh House, Dublin, where they launched Invasive Species Week 2018.

Read the meeting communique here

The British-Irish Council was established under the Good Friday Agreement and comprises representatives of the Irish and British Governments, the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. This environment meeting focussed on how the administrations can work together on climate adaptation, invasive non-native species, food waste and recycling.

On invasive species, the communique says:

“Following on from the 14th BIC Environment Ministerial held in Guernsey in 2016, Ministers reaffirmed the threats posed to their respective ecosystems from Invasive Non-Native Species. They welcomed the continued collaboration between all BIC Member Administrations including the workshop in Edinburgh in 2017 for those working on this issue. Acknowledging the importance of raising awareness, Ministers today launched Invasive Species Week - coordinated for the first time across all the BIC administrations. They noted the vital importance of prevention, particularly for aquatic species, agreeing to promote the Check Clean Dry aquatic biosecurity campaign including at key ports and airports. To further enhance co-operation Ministers from Ireland and the UK have agreed to pursue the listing of Ponto-Caspian species on the EU Regional list and to strive to bring in countries on the near Continent to reduce the risk of invasion of these highly invasive species. Ministers also agreed to enhanced cooperation on some key invasive species including muntjac deer and the sea squirt – Didemnum vexillum.

Ministers accepted an offer from Jersey to host a technical workshop for BIC officials on the issue of Asian hornets in September 2018.”

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