Activity 10: Carry out assessments of alien species

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Component 1: Identify alien species and assess the risks from them

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Develop capacity to use risk assessment to address threats of invasive alien species to biodiversity: CBD Decision VI/23, 12: SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Support decision-making and rapid response through the development of risk analysis on invasive alien species: CBD Decision VII/13, 6 b: SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Carry out research and assessments on invasive alien species: CBD Decision VI/23, 24, including on: a. Characteristics, vulnerability of ecosystems, and the impact of climate change SEE COMMENTARY 2 b. The impact on biological diversity SEE COMMENTARY 2 c. The importance of various pathways for the introduction of invasive alien species d. The socio-economic implications of invasive alien species e. The development of environmentally benign methods to control and eradicate invasive alien species SEE COMMENTARY 2 f. The use of biocontrol agents to control and eradicate invasive alien species g. Means to enhance the capacity of ecosystems to resist or recover from alien species invasions h. Priorities for taxonomic work i. Criteria for assessing risks from alien species SEE COMMENTARY 2 j. The use of traditional knowledge in addressing invasive alien species
Component 2: Provide information on alien species

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Make information on invasive alien species available through the clearing-house mechanism: CBD Decision VII/13, 6c (part 2)

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution VIII.18, 16 Ramsar Resolution VII.14, 18 Are largely identical, while Ramsar Resolution VIII.18, 15 adds climate change as an aspect to be taken into account.

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision VI/23, 12, CBD Decision VI/23, 24 (a, b, e, i CBD Decision VII/13, 6 b Address the need for risk assessment on invasive alien species, stressing different aspects: capacity-development (CBD Decision VI/23, 12), support to decision-making and rapid response (CBD Decision VII/13, 6 b), and research and assessment of a number of specific features of the invasive alien species challenge (CBD Decision VI/23, 24 (a, b, e, i)).