Saturday, 25 February 2012

Development of Guidelines on Protected Areas and Invasive Species in Europe

The Bern Convention and the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group are developing, with the support of EUROPARC and of WCPA, “Guidelines on Protected Areas and Invasive Species in Europe”. We kindly ask you to help us collect information and opinions on this topic.
We developed a synthetic web survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LG66TKT), that we expect will take only15 minutes of your time to complete. You will be asked to respond for aspecific protected
area, and to provide its WDPA ID (in case check the WDPA ID at http://www.wdpa.org/). You will also be asked to provide a lists of the top most harmful invasive animals and plants (up to 5 for each group).
The survey is meant for biologists, park managers, park rangers or other experts and practitioners working with protected areas. Feel free to forward this message to other colleagues that might provide information on the issue.

To know more about the project, see an introductory presentation at http://bit.ly/vZ5dfh, and if you have any queries about the project please contact Andrea Monaco (amonk2008@gmail.com) or Piero Genovesi (piero.genovesi@isprambiente.it).

The results of the survey will be of great help for our attempt to develop guidance on the issue. We believe that protected areas can play a crucial role in addressing this threat, not only in preventing and mitigating the impacts of invasive species in their territory, but also informing and involving the public and catalyzing action outside their borders.

Thank you very much for your help.

Piero Genovesi
Chair IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group