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October 8, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Stop the spread of invasive species in Europe’s waterways.

Invasive non-native species can have a damaging impact on plants, animals and ecosystems – by spreading disease, competing for habitat and food and direct predation.  Plants that grow profusely can block waterways while some animals can damage riverbanks – so they also affect economic uses of our environment and add significant management costs.  As a water user, you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.  Help stop this happening by following three simple steps: Check, Clean, Dry.

In 2008 a Strategy was developed to meet the challenge posed by invasive non-native species in Great Britain. The above text was taken from the website which in addition provides tools and information for those working to support the Check, Clean, Dry Strategy.  

At the European level the Bern Convention initiative for a European Strategy for Invasive Alien Species was developed in collaboration with the European Section of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group in 2000 and was approved by the Bern Convention Standing Committee in 2003. The Strategy promotes the development and implementation of co-ordinated measures and co-operative efforts throughout Europe to prevent or minimise adverse impacts of invasive alien species on Europe’s biodiversity, as well as their economic consequences and impacts on human health.

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