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Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1549]
Dear All,
Many thanks for your active participation in the online forum during the earlier sessions.

The information highlighted by each posting and additional information will be summarized by moderators and the Secretariat, as soon as possible. Please keep your email address registered until the final session closes.

I will come back to you with some draft synthesis for you to review and tackle on. Thank you for your patience.

Kind regards,
Junko
posted on 2019-09-03 21:01 UTC by Junko Shimura, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1555]
Dear colleagues, 

First of all, thank you all very much for making possible such an interesting forum.

Since 2007, Spain has its own national legislation for fighting against the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) focusing on prevention, management, control, and possible eradication of IAS. (Law 42/2007, of December 13, on Natural Heritage and Biodiversity).

The national catalogue of IAS came into force in 2013. It counts about 200 taxa that are forbidden for possession, transport, traffic and trade of living specimens, of their remains or propagules that could survive or reproduce, including foreign trade. (Royal Decree 630/2013, of August 2, which regulates the Spanish catalog of invasive alien species;
https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce-eei-catalogo.aspx).

In Spain, the competencies in IAS management fall on the Autonomous Regions, which should take measures for management, control, and possible eradication. The Ministry for the Ecological Transition is the organism in charge of the development of the legal framework.

In addition to promoting the inclusion of invasive species on the national catalogue, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition is competent in promoting the coordinated fight against IAS at different levels:
• Coordination of the development and application of National Strategies for management, control, and possible eradication of IAS. (https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce-eei-estrategia-planes.aspx)
• Coordination of the National Working Group on Invasive Alien Species, under the Committee of Wild Flora and Fauna.
• Monitoring and promoting adequate methods for rapid eradication in case of early detection of species included in the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern.
• Coordination of an Alert Network or Early Warning System to transmit the information immediately among the Administrations competent in the management of invasive alien species, in compliance with the national legislation.

Currently, this ministry works on the line marked by the Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 “Invasive alien species prevented and controlled”. Recently, the information corresponding to the first six-year report requested by the European Commission according to the IAS Regulation (Regulation (EU) Nº 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species) has been delivered. (https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce-eei-lista-UE.aspx)

This report compiles, among other things, the distribution of IAS included in the list of invasive alien species considered to be of Union concern but also the distribution of IAS included in the National Catalogue. Related to the IAS species of the Union list, information about pathways of introduction (unintentional) and applied management actions is included. We want to underline the importance of having updated cartography of the identified IAS. This is a fundamental basis for carrying out many of the prevention and management measures.

Focusing on prevention, this ministry has developed a draft regulation to regulate the administrative procedure for the previous authorization of importation into the national territory of alien species in order to preserve the Spanish native biodiversity. This regulation does not address invasive species, according to the legal definition, but alien species. It would be necessary to implement a similar measure in other countries and the coordination among them to be effective. Its application at European, or better globally, would be the best scene. This international cooperation must extend to alert networks or early warning systems.

There is also fragmentation in the legislation about IAS, which doesn’t help to manage the problem, as for example in the case of alien pathogens and pathogens spread by IAS covered by the EU Regulation No. 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species, the EU Animal Health policy, and the EU Plant Health Law. These regulations are interrelated and interdependent. A better harmonization of the policy and legislation concerning IAS must ensure to bridge the existing gaps.

As a conclusion, we could propose the following draft target or subtarget for the post-2020 framework:
“By 2025, the action plans on the pathways of IAS must be implemented.
By 2030 a global network on Invasive Alien species is completely implemented in which each Party share information, distribution and cartography on IAS and updates it regularly. As a part of this global network, an early warning system on IAS is developed, to share new detections of IAS in a period no longer than 48 hours. International cooperation in the control of the importation of IAS must be improved”

Best regards
posted on 2019-09-10 12:11 UTC by Ricardo Gomez Calmaestra, Ministry for the Ecological Transition
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1557]
Dear Ricardo,
Many thanks for the comprehensive information on the legislation in Spain complying article 8h of the Convention. This information can encourage everyone to look into legislation and enforcement.

During the Online Forum we have exchanged information on examples in line of the Terms of Reference for AHTEG, and information on legislation was not well-visited, although such can indicate the progress on Target 9 elements (measures to be in place). The Secretariat is grateful for the information submitted. Thank you for highlighting the implementation in Spain in this Forum.

With regard to the Post-2020 suggestion, I will forward it to Post-2020 GBF team at the Secretariat.

Best regards,

Junko
(edited on 2019-09-10 23:59 UTC by Junko Shimura)
posted on 2019-09-10 23:58 UTC by Junko Shimura, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1558]
Dear All,

Thank you for your contributions since May 2019, and thanks to all moderators for the facilitation and supports for the compilation process over the last couple of weeks.

Please find attached files, one is a draft synthesis report of the Online Forum and the other is a commenting form, for your review.

Kindly post your comments using the form under this thread, no later than 20 September 2019.


Once again, thank you all and have a nice weekend,
Junko
posted on 2019-09-13 21:37 UTC by Junko Shimura, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1559]
Hi Junko,

Many thanks for the comprehensive summary - and to all the moderators for their excellent facilitation of the various discussions.

As requested please find attached form, with just one comment from IMO.

Best regards,
Teo
posted on 2019-09-17 10:22 UTC by Dr Theofanis Karayannis, International Maritime Organization
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1560]
Dear colleagues,

First of all, thank you all very much for making possible such an interesting forum. In attachment file additional contributions and comments on the draft
Regards
REDA
posted on 2019-09-18 13:12 UTC by Mohamed Reda Fishar, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1561]
Thank you for the comments back from the IMO and Egypt.

The Secretariat can extend the deadline by Monday 23 September, so that you can read the draft synthesis over the weekend and Monday.

Please, check the draft posted [#1558], if you haven't done so.

Best wishes,
Junko
(edited on 2019-09-20 20:02 UTC by Junko Shimura)
posted on 2019-09-20 20:01 UTC by Junko Shimura, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1562]
Hello Junko,

Attached are my comments.

Best wishes,


Israel
posted on 2019-09-20 23:24 UTC by Mr. Temitope Borokini, National Center for Genetic Resources and Biodiversity
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1563]
Hello Junko,

Attached are my comments.

Best regards,
Barbara
posted on 2019-09-21 23:32 UTC by Barbara Peterson, IPPC Secretariat
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1566]
Dear colleagues,

I would like to thank you all for sharing information about invasive alien species management in this forum, especially Junko and the moderators for facilitating the process.
Please, find attached my comments.

Best regards,
Tatiani
posted on 2019-09-23 19:13 UTC by Tatiani Chapla, Ministry of the Environment of Brazil
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1564]
Dear colleagues,

Thank you for the very interesting exchanges and the material shared. Please see in attachment some comments and suggestions  on the draft synthesis report.

Best wishes,

Myriam DUMORTIER & Spyridon FLEVARIS
Policy Officers
Directorate-General for Environment
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
posted on 2019-09-23 16:12 UTC by Spyridon Flevaris, European Commission
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1567]
Dear Junko and all colleagues,

Greetings from Turkmenistan and thank you very much for this opportunity to take part in the work of the Forum, if to be exactly, to follow the discussion and  study the global experience on IAS problems. This important and helpful Forum allowed me access to existing global  expertise on IAS, to be aware of good practices for the prevention and management of IAS, to know new scientific approaches and tools, to study risk assessment and risk managemen methodology. In our country, that placed in desert zone, we have faced with IAS problem  both in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. For example, during last 20 years we have registered more than 10 invase species of insects pests of agricultural plants. But our experience on IAS problem is only to collect field data of IAS, to study IAS spread over the country and environmental/social impact, and pathways of IAS introduction. As we can see, it is very important to know risk analyses and cost benefit analyses. IAS problem is very complex, it reguired regional activities and information change and international regulation.
Thank you very much for  very valuable information and references, that have showed us IAS problem really in global degree. We have get new and useful information on IAS. I hope that we will continue our communication on IAS problem. 

Ejebay Kokanova, PhD
National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna.
Turkmenistan
posted on 2019-09-23 20:11 UTC by Ejebay Kokanova, National institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna - Turkmenistan
RE: Wrap up of the Online Forum on invasive alien species [#1568]
Dear All,
Many thanks for your contributions and reviewing on the draft synthesis report [#1558]. The Secretariat received comments from IMO, Egypt, Nigeria, IPPC Secretariat, Brazil, European Union. We close the commenting period for the synthesis report, today, and the comments will be reflected, as much as possible and as appropriate. The document will be posted https://www.cbd.int/meetings/IAS-AHTEG-2019-01.

The synthesis report is truly the result of your contributions since the beginning of May, and we are grateful for all inputs with high quality and I also join the thanks notes to moderators and participants, as posted by you. Yes, it has been a great experience to know the implementations at the national/regional levels. Thank you again.

If you wish to voluntarily continue to exchange information on other matters beyond the ToR for the AHTEG, the Secretariat will provide a new thread "Other matters", in the context of achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 9, shortly.

In case you wish to end receiving emails from the Online Forum, you can click the link 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of the email to terminate the function.

All the best,

Junko
SCBD
posted on 2019-09-26 16:46 UTC by Junko Shimura, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity