An interesting ongoing project, led by the EU DG Environment, is looking at management measures for vertebrate invasive alien species, particularly those on the list of Union concern according to the EU Regulation 1143/2014. The project addresses the requirements of Art. 19 of the Regulation, examines the humaneness of the measures to spare avoidable pain, distress or suffering to targeted vertebrates, their cost-effectiveness, and possible negative side effects to non-targeted species . The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is leading the project consortium, which has been running since October 2019 till October 2022.
A draft manual has been prepared, which will be adapted to the local conditions of the EU biogeographical regions through a series of 8 regional workshops. This will include a “competition” for “good practice cases”, as a result of which, EU-level good practices will be selected.
The IUCN has just launched a call for good practices on the humane management of invasive alien species.