2009 Overseas Territories Invasive Species workshop.

 
A workshop was held at JNCC, Peterborough between 18-19 March 2009 to determine future priorities for JNCC's work in relation to invasive alien species (IAS) in the UK's Overseas Territories (OTs) and Crown Dependencies (CDs).
 
The objective of the workshop was 'to determine where best JNCC's activities in this field shoudl be directed in terms of where and with whom it should be working and to what end. It is asiomatic that JNCC's activity should complement rather than duplicate existing activity. Particular attention will be given to identifying areas where JNCC may be able to fulfil unique roles or wher its activity could be supportive of other organisations or stakeholders."
 
The workshop was attended by a number of experts from the UKOTs and UK and there were a series of plenary and group discussions around a range of issues including priorities, who's doing what, and what can JNCC do.  The background  papers for the discussions included
 
 
  • an update of the database on non-natives in the UKOTs and CDs
  • An overview of invasive species in the UKOTs and CDs: Priorities for action (Aiding risk assesment and prioritisation of eradication and control measures)
  • Audit of current activity on invasive species in the UKOTs and CDs.

 

Case studies were also presented:

  • A summary of Invasive Alien Species work in Turks and Caicos by Marlon Hibbert
  • An assessment of the level of awareness and attitudes towards invasive species among residents in Anguilla by Rhon Connor.
 
The second day explored the potential for developing a regional Caribbean UKOT invasives project, which is subsequently being taken forward led by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment with support from JNCC.
 
The workshop was very useful for all attendees, and the outcomes were fed into the JNCC thematic plan on invasives, and a costed action plan for JNCC's input into non-natives in the UKOTs and CDs will be developed.
 

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