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Conference: Invasive Alien Species: the Urban Dimension
Strengthening Local Action in Europe’s Urban Areas


The IUCN European Union Representative Office and the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group are organizing a conference to discuss the challenges related to invasive alien species in Europe’s urban areas. The event is to take place at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland on the 5th September 2013.


Local and regional authorities can play a key role in helping address the risks associated with biological invasions and can contribute to raising awareness among decision-makers and citizens.

The conference will bring together European, national and local governmental representatives as well as experts and NGOs to exchange knowledge and best practices on solutions to reduce the impacts of invasive species in urban areas.

It will serve as a forum for competent authorities in Europe to be better informed about invasive alien species and the current state of the art of scientific knowledge and expertise. Examples of local action in urban areas will be presented to foster exchange and mutual learning in Europe.


Call for Case Studies: Tackling Invasive Species in Europe's Urban Areas


Recognising the significance of benefits of strengthening collaboration in support of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and management at the local level, cities, local and regional authorities and other urban actors have a critical role to play in implementing national and international biodiversity targets.

Highlighting the major threats that invasive alien species pose to native biodiversity in Europe, in advance of the Conference on invasive species in urban areas, in September 2013, IUCN will compile an overview of case studies that showcase approaches to control, manage and eradicate invasive alien species or to prevent their introduction and establishment in urban environments in Europe. We welcome examples from other parts of the world as well.

In this context, urban environment is defined as: land covered by artificial surfaces (e.g. for residential areas, industrial and commercial sites). This includes cities and towns, as well as their surrounding areas which contribute to the provision of goods and services.

This questionnaire (>>>), aims to collect knowledge, experience and examples of approaches to reduce the impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity at the local level by a diversity of stakeholders, such as local and regional authorities, scientists, trade associations, NGOs and other civil society groups.

IUCN will compile the case studies in a publication to be disseminated to the participants of the conference and other interested parties. It will be made available on the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group website (http://www.issg.org).

A selection of case studies will be presented during the conference in September and speakers invited to share their knowledge and practices will receive reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs. Participants to the event will be reimbursed for accommodation and local travel to and from the venue.

The information provided will only be used for publication purposes and dissemination after approval.


The deadline for submissions of the questionnaire is 15 July 2013.


For registration for the conference, for questionnaires (or if would rather have a telephone interview instead of filling in the form) or further questions, please contact:
Chantal van Ham, IUCN EU Representative Office Brussels, Tel. +32(0) 2 739 0312 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please download the conference invitation >>>
Please download the questionnaire (template for case studies) >>>