Story An early warning and information system for invasive alien species in Europe

An early warning and information system for invasive alien species in Europe

Published today is an on line survey aiming to support an early warning and information system for invasive alien species in Europe! Participate in the survey 

Release date 24/09/2008
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Geographical coverage Europe, European Union, Pan -European
Keywords invasive species information
Concerned URL http://biodiversity-chm.eea.europa.eu/information/towards-early-warning-and-information-system
Source EEA

 Invasive alien species (species from other regions of the world, brought intentionally or unintentionally by man to Europe and causing damage to the environment or to people) are a major and increasing threat to European biodiversity, habitats and economy. There is a need to improve the ability of European countries and institutions to respond to these potentail threats. Establishing an early warning system for invasive alien species is an action included in the Biodiversity Communication published in 2006 by the European Commission. The European Environment Agency is conducting a survey aimed at assessing the existing information and mechanisms for risk assessment to respond to new arrivals of unwanted alien species which may threaten biodiversity and impact ecosystems. The survey aims also at identifying the main limits and constraints to rapid and effective action.