An innovative approach

An innovative approach on the management of Invasive alien species

In Europe, Invasive Alien Species (IAS) have been recognised as one of the main threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. Nevertheless, the current response to address this issue is insufficient and actions have had varying and sometimes limited results. Decisions about where, why and which species to act on are mainly ad hoc and taken independently due to the diversity of actors involved and the fragmented nature of available IAS data sources/information. It is, therefore, currently difficult to have a clear view of the rationale behind actions and their efficiency. 

While the number of IAS and associated costs are likely to increase in the future, appropriate and coordinated choices must now be made to determine which species and sites should be considered as a priority for action. These decisions must be supported by the best available evidence to enhance the efficiency of actions taken and lead to the successful control of these problematic species. This is where LIFE RIPARIAS comes into play! 

The project LIFE RIPARIAS is taking action to optimize the management of IAS by developing a scientific evidence-based workflow that will set up priorities for action. This will efficiently guide decision-makers and managers in the IAS management decision-making process, informs about IAS best management methods while maximising the cost efficiency of management actions. Such a system, not currently in place anywhere in the EU, bases its foundations on cooperation amongst management practitioners, decision-makers, and the general public.

What we aim for 

  1. Enhance surveillance of IAS in order to achieve rapid eradication of some emerging species and the cost-effective containment of widespread ones. 
  2. Develop clear guidelines for prioritising management actions. 
  3. Act against specific invasive aquatic and riparian plants and crayfish species in the pilot area.
  4. Evaluate the efficiency of the actions taken.
  5. Promote the approach throughout Europe.