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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 World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is an intergovernmental organization created by the International Agreement of 25 January 1924, signed by 28 countries. Amongst its objectives relevant to CBD's programme of work on IAS are: to ensure transparency in the global animal disease and zoonosis situation; to collect, analyze and disseminate scientific veterinary information; to provide expertise and encourage international solidarity in the control of animal diseases; within its mandate under the WTO SPS Agreement, to safeguard world trade by publishing health standards for international trade in animals and animal products.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme