12 November, 2018 - 19:25
Norway On Track to Achieve its National Target to Combat Invasive Species| CBD National Reporting Best Practice Series
By Heena Ahmed
In its Sixth National Report (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and post-2010 National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), Norway identifies invasive alien species (IAS), as one of the major threats to biodiversity.
According to Norway's 6NR, the nation has undertaken several legislative, policy and management actions to address IAS in the marine, terrestrial, freshwater and polar ecosystems. These actions collectively provide an overarching framework to control the spread of IAS in Norway.
Key lessons include:
- Preventive measures are one of the best ways to combat IAS.
- Strong research, mapping and monitoring systems, and technical capacities are key to address the environmental challenges posed by IAS.
- Coordinated actions at the policy, legislative, scientific and governance level, including cross-sectoral management plans, are critical to inform and assist efforts to combat IAS. These actions collectively provide an overarching framework to design and control their spread.
- Regional and international cooperation are vital for a collective response to combat IAS. This can be achieved through the establishment of interdisciplinary research programs, and exchange of technical information among scientific, technical experts and policy makers.
- Adequate financial resources are imperative to successfully implement national and regional level strategies to combat IAS.
- Climate change will increase the risk of new IAS becoming established, and the further spread of already established species. Both research and awareness are essential to deal with these problems.
- Enhanced public awareness and knowledge are vital to prevent the spread of IAS, for example, through illegal fishing, boats and fishing gear.
Click here https://goo.gl/usXpjw to read about Norway's efforts, as described in its 6NR and the latest NBSAP, to address IAS in an era of globalization and climate change.
This best practice is a part of a series of best practices developed under the GEF funded “Support to Eligible Parties to Produce the Sixth National Report (6NR) to the CBD” project.