Urban IAS Conference held ahead of upcoming Commission proposal
Posted on 05/09/2013
Today, along with over 70 participants from all over Europe, Eurogroup for Animals is attending the Invasive Alien Species Urban Dimensions Conference at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Headquarters in Switzerland to discuss and analyze the problem of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in European urban areas and to exchange knowledge and best practices that contribute to solutions.
This event comes ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s IAS legislative proposal expected to be published next week, which Eurogroup hopes will effectively address this pressing issue and ensure our concerns for animal welfare are incorporated by emphasising prevention, which can avoid negative welfare impacts.
IUCN released a special publication including 26 case studies which showcase a variety of approaches to tackle the issue of IAS and prevent their introduction and establishment in the urban environment. It also highlights the key role that local and regional authorities play in addressing the issue.
Invasive alien species, such as monk parakeets, grey squirrels and raccoons, are species whose introduction outside their natural distribution threatens biodiversity and may pose problems in urban areas. Most of the invasive animals in urban areas were pets that escaped or were released into the wild. Eurogroup is calling for strong preventive action to stop the sale and keeping of invasive pet animals.