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UK Coordination

Last edited: Jun 13, 2022, 2:16 PM

The UK Non-native Species Coordinating Mechanism consists of a Programme Board, Committee, Secretariat, Risk Analysis Forum, Stakeholder Forum and Working Groups. The Programme Board and key stakeholders interact via working groups and the annual stakeholder forum, which is facilitated by the NNSS and its website.


UK Programme Board

The Programme Board was originally established in March 2005 to deliver strategic consideration of the threat of invasive non-native species across Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).  In 2021 its remit was expanded to include all of the UK (including Northern Ireland). The Programme Board is made up of senior representatives from across UK administrations and their agencies, exercising responsibility in their own areas and as representatives of wider interests and it is supported by an independent Secretariat.

  • View the terms of reference (coming soon)

GB Committee

The GB Invasive Non-native Species Committee was established in 2021 following the UK’s departure from the EU.  It comprises members of the Programme Board that represent England, Scotland and Wales and is a separate statutory body established to undertake the functions of the Committee within the retained EU IAS regulation.  The Committee has a fundamental role in advising on the potential listing of species on, or de-listing of species from, the list of species of special concern.  It does not cover Northern Ireland, to which the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species still applies under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol.  The Committee is supported by the same independent Secretariat as the Programme Board.

  • View the terms of reference (coming soon)


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

The Stakeholder Forum

The Stakeholder Forum is an annual meeting for 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 the UK.

Non-native Species Risk Analysis Forum

The Non-native Species Risk Analysis Forum (NNRAF) is a core group of independent risk analysis experts. The NNRAF was originally established in 2006, when it was known as the Non-native Risk Analysis Panel (NNRAP).  In 2021 the remit of the panel was expanded following EU exit and its name was changed to the Non-native Risk Analysis Forum.  The main roles of the NNRAF are i. to provide the GB Committee with robust, independent risk-based evidence to underpin decision making on non-native species and the application of the retained EU invasive alien species Regulation; and, ii. to provide a risk analysis function and scientific advice to the UK Programme Board in relation to the GB INNS strategy.

GB Non-Native Species Information Portal

The GB Non-native Species Information Portal (NNSIP) provides a central repository for distribution data and information about non-native species in Great 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 NNSS 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:

Rapid Response Working Group (finished)

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 (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. An updated Plan was published by the group in 2017.

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.

Pathway Action Plan groups

Coming soon

Country Working Groups

Country Working Groups for England, Scotland and Wales 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 NNSS.