European Workshop on Control and Eradication of Invasive Alien Plant Species

Invasive alien species are one of the major threats to Europe’s biodiversity. For nature conservation sector and protected area management bodies tackling the problem of IAS has been and remains a huge challenge. In order to support these efforts, Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate and WWF Hungary will organise an international workshop on best practices in invasive plant management within the Natura 2000 network and protected areas.

We are honoured to invite interested professionals (protected area managers, foresters, land users, field experts, researchers and practitioners, etc.) from all over Europe to exchange experiences and to discuss the most important issues of nature conservation efforts to stop the spreading of invasive alien plant species.

The presentations and the final recommendations of the workshop can be downloaded from Results >>

Date: 19-21 April 2016 (including field programme)

Place: Hotel Benczúr, Budapest, Hungary

Deadline for registration: 10 March 2016 (extended)

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Workshop theme

Several LIFE projects and other initiatives have been targeting the issue of IAS, generating an ever growing pool of first-hand experience, lessons learnt and best practices. The legislative background on both European and Member State levels has recently been evolving for a better support to tackle this serious problem. In parallel, new efforts in communication, awareness raising and stakeholder engagement are made. Keynote speakers will include some of the leading researchers and responsible public officials in these areas.

The goal of the Workshop is to collect, exchange and discuss working experiences from different countries in order to foster capitalization of lessons learnt and to support active IAS management in nature conservation. The Workshop aims to be an interactive meeting and to serve as a vivid platform that encourages exchange of opinions amongst professionals of different countries and sectors.

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>> First circular letter

The event will contribute to the Natura 2000 Biogeographical process as a follow-up event of the Pannonian seminar, with the support of the European Commission, CEEweb for Biodiversity and ECNC.