Invasive Alien Species


The STDF, in collaboration with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), organized a Seminar on International Trade and Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Geneva on 12-13 July 2012.


The seminar sought to:



raise awareness about the mutually beneficial goals of the SPS Agreement and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the contribution of effective SPS systems to help protect against the entry of harmful species, including pests, diseases and other IAS


foster collaboration between the SPS and the CBD "communities" at both regional and national levels; and


review initiatives that aim to build national and/or regional capacities to manage the entry and spread of IAS, including pests and diseases, and discuss common challenges, good practices, and additional capacity building efforts required (e.g. needs assessments, pest risk analysis (PRA), surveillance, development of training toolkits and materials, etc.)


The Seminar was attended by approximately 110 participants working in areas related to both biodiversity and SPS measures. The list of participants will be available soon.


Click here to view the workshop programme, as well as the presentations and speeches delivered.


See the STDF Briefing Note No. 9 summarizing the key messages and conclusions emerging from the seminar.

STDF Publication on International Trade and Invasive Alien Species


This study reviews and analyses key concepts and principles relevant to Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and international trade in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the SPS Agreement, as well as in relation to the IPPC and the OIE. It also considers various initiatives to enhance capacities for managing the entry and spread of IAS (including plant pests and animal diseases), reviews common challenges and good practices, and makes a number of targeted recommendations.



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