Online public consultation 2012 on Invasive Alien Species


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If you represent an organisation, what sector do you represent? Environment and nature conservation
 
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Northern Ireland Environment Link 
 
Country United Kingdom

Prevention

 

Could trade and import restrictions be imposed for alien species?

Yes, for all alien species, unless it is proven by scientific evidence that they are harmless (list of permitted species)
 
If trade and import restrictions were imposed, how should the specimens of those species already in possession be treated? Plants should be destroyed, but for animals authorisation for further keeping could be granted, under certain conditions (e.g. confined holding, no breeding)
 
Would you buy alien species through internet trade? No
 
Should the release of alien species in the environment be restricted? Yes, for all alien species unless they were proven to be harmless and therefore have obtained a permit
 
Ornamental plants are a major pathway of escape of alien species in the environment. Plants may indeed easily spread through their seeds. What could be done to limit the escapes of ornamental plants from gardens for species that are not restricted from trade? Introduce a compulsory information system to make the buyers aware of possible harmfulness of ornamental plants
 
Escaped or released pets are another important pathway of introduction of alien species in the environment. What could be done to avoid this? Introduce a compulsory labelling scheme for pets. The label should include information on the consequences of releasing such species in the environment and tips on how to minimise the risk of escape.
 

The Polluters Pay Principle is a guiding principle of all EU legislation and it will be enshrined in so far as possible in the IAS dedicated legislative instrument. How could this be done?

 

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Hold the individual users (if identifiable) of alien species responsible for any damage such species may cause if released or allowed to spread into the environment
Introduce cost recovery mechanisms to contribute to financing prevention, early warning and rapid response and management measures
Hold the sectors that may intentionally or unintentionally introduce alien species in the environment collectively responsible for any damage such species may cause if released or allowed to spread into the environment
Early warning and rapid response
 

Surveillance to spot any alien species in the environment will be crucial to the success of any early warning and rapid response mechanism. How can this surveillance be organised?

 

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Citizens should be given the opportunity (and should be encouraged) to report observations, even if they are not sure about the species name or even whether it is an alien species
Surveillance should be in so far as possible linked to the monitoring already in place to comply with other legislation (e.g. habitats directive)
National authorities should be in charge of devising the most appropriate surveillance instrument matching the needs of different circumstances
National research bodies should be involved by their national authorities in contributing to surveillance
 

If a new alien species is found in the environment, what should be done?

 

 

All of the following answers presume that vertebrate animals should be treated in a humane way and that if eradication is not attempted, management will be organised to contain the species and minimise its damage.

It should be immediately removed in case it is a species with trade restrictions or if there is a suspicion that the species might become harmful

Management and restoration

 

If an invasive alien species is spreading in the environment and causing damage, should eradication be attempted?

 

 

All of the following answers presume that vertebrate animals should be treated in a humane way and that if eradication is not attempted, management will be organised to contain the species and minimise its damage.

Eradication should be attempted at any cost, except if it is physically impossible to do so
 
Restoration of ecosystem functioning may contribute to the resilience towards invasive alien species. Should resources be spent on ecosystem restoration rather than on the eradication and management of invasive alien species? Both are equally important
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11-04-2012 
 
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