12 new invasive alien species included to Europe’s list
Invasive alien species (IAS) have devastating impacts on native flora and fauna and they represent the second major threat to biodiversity. It is calculated that invasive alien species that are already established in the EU cost the EU’s economy €12 billion each year through impacts to public health and different economic sectors.
“We welcome the decision by all European Institutions to work together to tackle the serious damage that invasive alien species cause to our communities, economy and nature. Including these 12 new species to the EU List, although it’s still a small number, is an important step in the right direction. Some of them, such as Giant Hogweed or Indian Balsam, are very harmful species such as Raccoon dog and others show new pathways of introduction.
However, we must remember that the potential of the IAS regulation can only be fully realized if all the most dangerous species are added to the list a soon as possible, using the most common pathways of introduction. By doing this, the EU will be able to meet their target of combatting invasive alien species by 2020 and protecting our biodiversity.”
The EU’s Invasive Alien Species Regulation2, which came into force in January 2015, is a world-leading piece of legislation which fortunately has the potential to achieve Europe’s Biodiversity target to combat invasive alien species by 2020. In 2016 the first list of species to which this Regulation applies was approved including only 37 species (representing only 2% of the existing IAS in Europe)..
WWF believes that the IAS Regulation’s potential can only be realized if the European Commission, Member States and the European Parliament work together to ensure the Regulation’s ‘List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern’ includes all those invasive alien species which pose the biggest threat to the EU.
State:The Member States are expected to vote on further additions to the IAS list in spring 2018
For further information, please contact:
Laura Moreno, WWF
Phone: +34 913540578
1 The 12 new species in the “List of invasive alien species of Union concern” are:
|Alopochen aegyptiacus||egyptian goose||bird|
|Alternanthera philoxeroides||alligator weed||plant|
|Asclepias syriaca||common milkweed||plant|
|Elodea nuttalli||nuttall's waterweed||plant|
|Gunnera tinctoria||chilean rhubarb||plant|
|Heracleum mantegazzianum||giant hogweed||plant|
|Impatiens glandulifera||indian (himalayan) balsam||plant|
|Microstegium vimineum||japaenes stiltgrass||plant|
|Myriophyllum heterophyllum||broadleaf watermilfoil||plant|
|Nyctereutes procyonoides||racoon dog||mammal|
|Pennisetum setaceum||crimson fountaingrass||plant|
2 EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species