2011 Forum

The Fifth Annual Invasive Species Ireland Forum was held at:

Ulster Museum, Belfast

20th of April 2011.

10.00 – 16.20

‘Policy, priorities  and progress’

Download the full Forum Programme and delegates pack.

Keynote Address

The Keynote Address was given by Huw Thomas, Head of Protected Species and Non-native Species Team at Defra. Huw will present on the developing EU Invasive Alien Species Strategy; providing insight into what this  Strategy could mean for Member States and the network of stakeholders in Ireland, the UK  and elsewhere.

Download this presentation. Abstract available in the delegates pack.

Priorities in a changing landscape

The second session of the Forum will give delegates the opportunity to hear about current issues and future priorites relating to invasive species management and research in Ireland and Northern Ireland:

  • John Kelly, Invasive Species Ireland, presented an overview of the the draft order valium/ results from the risk assessment and prioritisation exercise currently underway. Download this presentation.
  • Joe Caffrey, Inland Fisheries Ireland, presented on the recent incursion of the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) into Ireland. Download this presentation.
  • Colette o’Flynn, National Biodiversity Data Centre, presented on the development of an early warning system and the challenges surrounding this crucial aspect of effective invasive species management. Download this presentation.
  • Louise Scally, National Platform for Biodiversity Research, presented on the results of workshop of experts to identify biodiversity research needs for invasive species in Ireland. Download this presentation.

Breakout groups

Three breakout groups were held:

  • Breakout Group 1: Delivering the Invasive Species Strategies.
  • Breakout Group 2: Biosecurity for freshwater ecosystems.
  • Breakout Group 3: Early warning and invasive species alert networks.

For more information about the Ulster Museum, please visit http://www.nmni.com/um.