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Action to Combat Aliens

Government Action to Combat Aliens

Combating the spread of established alien species and preventing the introduction of new alien species will require co-ordinated effort.

Government agencies, the private sector, community organisations, and individuals all have the power and responsibility to take action.

The Irish government has signed up to a number of international agreements which require them to take action on invasive alien species. These include the Convention on Biological Diversity, the EC Bern Convention, and a number of European directives such as the Birds Directive, the Habitats Directive and the Water Framework Directive. (Click here for more information on legislation)

The government is also addressing the problem of invasive species in ‘Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan 2002’ and in the ‘Invasive Species in Ireland Report’.

The Invasive Species Ireland Project

This project began in May 2006 with the aim of reducing the impacts of and threats from invasive species in Ireland. The Invasive Species Ireland Project is a joint venture between the Environment and Heritage Service and the NPWS to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Invasive Species Ireland Report. The Project is reviewing legislation, creating contingency and management plans for invasive species, developing codes of good practice for sectors, and increasing public awareness.

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