NATURE Invasive alien species are acknowledged as a serious threat to biodiversity in Europe, and the first cause of documented extinctions at the global scale. Today, Europe hosts over 11,000 alien species and invasions are growing at exponential speed, with a recorded increase of 76% in the last 30 years.
MONEY The economic costs of invasions are estimated at more than 12 billion Euros per year in Europe only. This affects many economic sectors, from forestry to agriculture, and to the shipping industry.
ACTION Following the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, the EU Council Conclusions, the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Parliament Resolution, IUCN and BirdLife urge the European Union to adopt a legislative instrument on invasive alien species early in 2013. IUCN and BirdLife call for more stringent policies and measures to prevent and mitigate the impacts of invasions.
YOU Participate in a high-level discussion on Thursday 21 February 2013 to better understand the challenges posed by invasive alien species, bring in your experience and join IUCN and BirdLife in the call for action. European policy-makers, scientists and NGOs will discuss together the best solutions to combat invasions in Europe.
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Register by 13 February at biodiversitystickingtimebomb.eventbrite.co.uk.
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