Story How much is Europe spending for invasive alien species?

A new report supports the need for a EU strategy on invasive alien species to optimise the use of available financial resources. 
Release date 13/05/2008
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Geographical coverage EU, Europe
Keywords invasive species, funding
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Source Riccardo Scalera

Over the last 15 years the EC has contributed to financing almost 300 projects addressing invasive alien species (IAS), for a total budget exceeding 132 million EUR. This was shown in an analysis of the LIFE Programme and the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (RTD) being the two EU funding sources for management actions and research on IAS. Between 1992 and 2006, the average annual budget spent for IAS issues by the LIFE and the RTD Framework Programmes has been about 10 million EUR per year, but in the period 2004-2006 it increased to 15 million EUR per year. Also the number of projects funded has increased. It can be assumed this reflects an increase in the awareness of the growing IAS problem among managers, scientific institutions and the EU citizens in general.