The topic of invasive alien species was recognized as a cross-cutting issue to biodiversity at the Convention of the Parties (COP) 4th meeting in 1998, highlighting the urgent need to address their impacts in order to protect biodiversity. IAS has remained an area of focus in the context of biodiversity preservation and it is evident through various initiatives over the years such as the adoption of the revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at the COP 10 in 2010. In the context of the CBD’s efforts on IAS, the regions of the R4BLP have been exploring how they can contribute to the CBD’s efforts on IAS and have held two webinars on Good Practices and Lessons Learned: Invasive Alien Species I (June, 2017) and II (September, 2017), where they have promoted learning and exchange through the presentation of successful strategies and lessons learned.
The Expert Workshop on Invasive Alien Species in Preparation for the twenty-second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice will be organized by the CBD and held in Montreal, Canada (Dec 6-9, 2017) and will serve as an opportunity to advance the development of guidance and tools on invasive alien species management and generate information on the potential consequences of invasive alien species on social, economic and cultural values, including the values and priorities of indigenous peoples and local communities.
Please find a preliminary agenda here: IAS Workshop Provisional Agenda