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Indigenous to southern and eastern Asia, the semi-woody vine Kudzu was first introduced to the United States as an ornamental vine as well as to control soil erosion. It spread rapidly in the South-eastern US leading to the loss of valuable crop land, and damage to telephone and power lines.
Credit: Danny Hooks- istockphoto.com

The following organizations and bodies are key partners in the implementation of Article 8(h) of the Convention and associated decisions of the Conference of the Parties:


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO has developed guidelines for the management of introduced species. FAO also developed the
International Portal on Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health to provide a single source of reference for official information across the sectors of food safety, animal and plant health and support the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) agreements.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme