Activity 8: Manage invasive species

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 5.1
For more details, see in particular the activity on management within the module on invasive alien species.

Author Commentary 2

The control methods referred to in Ramsar Resolution VII.14, 13 include mechanical control, chemical control, biological control, ecosystem manipulation, integrated management, and prevention and control.

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex
Number 3.5 of the Framework for Implementing the Convention asks for the strict control of the introduction of exotic species to wetlands, and where appropriate eradication of introduced species. CBD Decision VII/4, Annex: Goal 1.4 of the revised programme of work on inland water biodiversity asks for preventing the introduction of alien species, including exotic stocks that potentially threaten inland water biodiversity, and to control and, where possible, eradicate established invasive species. are slightly different, but provide for a synergistic approach between the two conventions. Both provisions are very similar, but wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and inland waters (CBD) are not fully identical.

Author Commentary 3a

CBD Decision VIII/27, 59:
Activity 1.4.4 of the revised programme of work on inland waters (CBD Decision VII/4, Annex) reads: ‘Within the context of transboundary catchments, watershed and river-basin management, and especially in relation to inter-basin water transfers, provide appropriate mechanisms to prevent the spread of invasive alien species’.

Author Commentary 4

CBD Decision VII/4, 7
CBD Decision VII/4, Annex
Goal 1.4 of the revised programme of work on inland water biodiversity asks for preventing the introduction of alien species, including exotic stocks that potentially threaten inland water biodiversity, and to control and, where possible, eradicate established invasive species.

Author Commentary 4a

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 10.3 of the programme of work on island biodiversity. The rationale for this action states that invasive alien species is one of the most important issues for island biodiversity, needing urgent, concerted and sustained action

Author Commentary 4b

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 11.1 of the programme of work on island biodiversity. It makes reference to the need for provisions in management plans on pathways for these species. The rationale for this action states that invasive alien species is one of the most important issues for island biodiversity, needing urgent, concerted and sustained action.

Author Commentary 4c

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 11.2 of the programme of work on island biodiversity. The rationale for this action states that invasive alien species is one of the most important issues for island biodiversity, needing urgent, concerted and sustained action.

Author Commentary 4d

CBD Decision VIII/27, 50:
The paragraph refers to the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development, which can be found in CBD Decision VII/14, Annex.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VI/22, 11
CBD Decision VI/22, Annex
Programme element 1, goal 2, objective 1 of the expanded programme of work on forest biodiversity addresses the prevention of the introduction of invasive alien species, and the mitigation of their negative impacts on forest biodiversity.

Author Commentary 6

CBD Decision V/23, 3
CBD Decision V/23, Annex
Activity 7c of the programme of work on dry and sub-humid lands is about the management of invasive alien species.

Author Commentary 7

AEWA Article III
This was given as the reason for developing guidelines on avoidance of introductions of non-native waterbird species in the fourth meeting of the technical committee of the agreement on the conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).