New Year’s challenges for invasive alien species management


Monday, 14 January 2019

The level of attention of Member States about invasive alien species is very high, as is demonstrated by the increasing number of early detection notifications of IAS of Union concern submitted to the European Commission. The implementation of the Regulation 1143/2014 will consider also the Raccoon dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides, from 2 February. The obligation to adopt the necessary management measures of the species listed affects all countries and stakeholders.

Aiming at preventing the loss of biodiversity, the exchange of information is essential to prepare comprehensive risk assessments for the invasive alien species proposed for listing as of Union concern: this includes socioeconomic and human health aspects, and the identification of potential pathways. More species are currently under scrutiny for listing, following an established procedure.