Ireland

In 2011, the Republic of Ireland’s Actions for Biodiversity 2011-2016, Ireland’s 2nd National Biodiversity Plan was launched with 7 objectives, 21 targets and multiple actions.

Target 8 states that:

Harmful invasive alien species are controlled and there is reduced risk of spread of new species.

There are 5 supporting actions listed for this under this target:

Prepare, by 2011, detailed species and pathway risk assessments and develop exclusion and contingency plans for priority pathways and high impact species that are likely to invade Ireland.
Continue and enhance measures for eradication, where feasible, control and containment of invasive alien species.
Examine options for rapid response when new invasive alien species are discovered.
Increase awareness within the horticultural and constructed wetlands industries of native alternatives that can be used in place of invasive alien species.
All public bodies will endeavour to use native species, landraces and breeds and the public will be encouraged to do so.
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In September 2011, comprehensive regulations which address deficiencies in Irish law implementing the EU Birds and Habitats Directives were signed into law. The European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 contain important new provisions to address the problem of invasive species. A blacklist of unwanted species is set out in the Regulations.

It will be an offence without a licence, to release or allow to disperse or escape, to breed, propagate, import, transport, sell or advertise such species.

The two regulations that deal specifically with these scheduled lists of species are:

Regulation 49: Prohibition on introduction and dispersal of certain species

Regulation 50: Prohibition on dealing in and keeping certain species (Regulation 50 is not yet in effect) 

View the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 [SI. 477]

If you have any queries on the above policy or legislation please e-mail invasives@biodiversityireland.ie and we will try to provide additional information or clarification. Otherwise, contact National Parks and Wildlife Service www.npws.ie/about-us

Invasive Species Ireland

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