Management measures for widely spread Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in England and Wales

Closed 12 Sep 2019

Opened 18 Jul 2019

Overview

Invasive alien species challenge the survival of some of our rarest species, and damage some of our most sensitive ecosystems.  The impacts of invasive alien species on our domestic and global biodiversity are severe and growing.  They also have an impact across a range of industries and networks, from farming to the building industry and national waterways.

The purpose of this consultation is to obtain your views on the management measures being considered by Defra and the Welsh Government for 14 species of Union concern which are widely spread in England and Wales pursuant to Article 19 of Regulation (EU) No. 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.  

For widely spread species of Union concern, the Regulation requires effective management measures to be put in place, so that their impact on biodiversity, the related ecosystem services and, where applicable, on human health or the economy are minimised.  Management measures consist of lethal or non-lethal, physical, chemical or biological actions aimed at eradication, population control and containment of a population of species of Union concern.

Your responses will help us develop our thinking in this area so that we can put measures in place that will allow for effective action to be taken to manage species of Union concern that are widely spread in England and Wales. 

Why We Are Consulting

Regulation (EU) No. 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species came into force on 1 January 2015. It currently applies restrictions on 49 invasive non-native species of most concern in Europe. 14 of these species have been identified as being widely spread in England and Wales. These are the species to which effective management measures must be applied.

The purpose of this consultation is to obtain your views on the management measures being considered by Defra and the Welsh Government pursuant to Regulation (EU) No. 1143/2014. It will be of relevance for businesses that import or trade in non-native species and individuals that keep them, as well as those working in zoos and aquaria and NGOs with an interest in protecting the environment from these species.

Audiences

  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • AWBs
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Food Business Operators
  • Food Industry
  • Vets
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal local authorities
  • National Park Authorities
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Local Authorities
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Pet Owners
  • Pet Interest Groups
  • Veterinarians
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Retail Industry
  • Member of the General Public
  • Landowners and their representative bodies
  • Farmers
  • Fishermen
  • Water suppliers
  • Horticulture Industry
  • Shellfish Cultivators
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
  • Stakeholders

Interests

  • Biodiversity
  • Non-native species